03/18/2011 02:15 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Unions Livid Ratner Might Put Prefab Tower At Atlantic Yards

Local union workers are reeling from developer Bruce Ratner's acknowledgement that the first residential building at the Atlantic Yards site may be prefabricated -- a move that would cut costs, as well as hundreds of union jobs.

The revelation, reported by The New York Times, would cut construction costs in half by requiring a smaller workforce making significantly less money.

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