Friday, October 17, 2008

Trades Council to Be Headed by a Teamster


Gary La Barbera, president of the New York City Central Labor Council and the top Teamsters official in the New York area, will replace Edward J. Malloy as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, labor officials said on Thursday.

Because heading the building trades council is a full-time job, Mr. La Barbera will step down from his posts with the Teamsters and the Central Labor Council, those officials said. The trades council, which has worked closely with City Hall and the construction industry, represents more than 200,000 carpenters, plumbers, crane operators and other construction workers.

Mr. Malloy, a member of the steamfitters’ union who has headed the trades council since 1992, is retiring.

Jack Ahern, the top official of Local 30 of the operating engineers union and executive vice president of the Central Labor Council, is to succeed Mr. La Barbera in the nonpaying position of president of the council, which represents more than 1 million union members in the city.

Mr. La Barbera is president of Local 282 of the Teamsters, which represents most construction-industry truck drivers in greater New York. He also heads the Teamsters Joint Council, representing more than 100,000 teamsters in New York City and its suburbs.

Mr. Ahern and Mr. La Barbera, whose term as president of the Central Labor Council was scheduled to end in 2010, declined to comment because the labor council has not yet officially acted on the changes. Mr. Malloy also declined to comment.

In recent days, Mr. La Barbera has been one of the most outspoken labor leaders in favor of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s effort to seek a third term without requiring a citywide referendum on term limits.


  1. Good Bye Eddie

    Good Luck Gary !!!

    Let's put the movement back into the albor movement !!!!


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