Since the turn of the 20th century,
working people have struggled for a better life.
Manhattan's Little Italy, Lower East Side, circa 1900
They joined together and formed Unions,
to fight for a living wage,
Construction workers on strike, 1930
and for workplace safety.
Demonstration for thirty construction workers who died from 2014 - 2016 because of lacking safety standards on non-union work sites.
Their fight continues today.
Unions built New York City from the ground up.
They are responsible for the bridges,
Manhattan Bridge - 1909
George Washington Bridge - 1930s
View from Empire State Building - 1930s
Workmen raise the flag at the new Empire State Building - 1930s
Construction of UN's Permanent Headquarters
and the infrastructure of New York City.
Third Avenue Line train tracks - 1878 (AP Photo)
Sandhogs, Lincoln Tunnel - 1955 (NY Times)