New York City’s crane operators have threatened to begin a labor strike as early as this morning.  Yesterday, the Building Contractors Association issued a statement explaining that the crane operators’ collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight last night.  Once the contract expired, each union’s members were free to strike.

Sources report that last ditch talks between the Building Contractors Association and the unions broke down yesterday morning.  The major stumbling blocks to a deal include the creation of more “master mechanic” jobs, as well as promises that the BCA will not hire outside contractors to do elevator operations work.