Crain’s New York Business is reporting that New York construction unions agreed to cut wages of members working on the massive residential Gotham West project located on Manhattan’s far West Side by 20%.

The gradual erosion of union influence on Manhattan construction projects is a theme we have been following because it indicates a larger national trend.  It also begs the question: can the unions that agreed to the wage cuts now protest that merit based contractors are not paying wages according to area standards?