The ridiculous plan to weaken NYC crane licensing standards by allowing the introduction of inexperienced, out of state, non-union crane operators into our city was hatched by Bloomberg's buddy, Steven Spinola. Anyone who knows anything about Spinola, who is the president of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), knows that he is a union-buster.
In order to increase the profits for the developers that his organization represents, Spinola wants the city to relax the rules for obtaining a license to operate a crane in New York City so contractors can bring in inexperienced, non-union crane operators who will work for less money than union crane operators. This may save the developers money, but it will drastically increase the likelihood of future crane accidents.
Those recent accidents in Manhattan, which resulted in the deaths of Wayne Bliedner and Donald Leo, two members of IUOE Local 14, were caused by faulty equipment/rigging, not by operator error. Spinola and his fellow union-busters knows this, but instead of questioning the business practices of the owner of those cranes, they decided to use these accidents as subterfuge to push for the weakening of the requirements to obtain a NYC Department of Buildings Hoist Machine Operator license, which will greatly weaken the crane operator's union by causing an influx of inexperienced non-union crane operators from out of state.
Spinola and his cohorts don't care about the extraordinary skill of union crane operators and Local 14's exemplary safety record. All they care about is the additional money they will make if they successfully bust the crane operator's union.