Press Release

Associated Builders & Contractors Encourages Binghamton City Council To Look Out For Local Business & Taxpayers on Joint Sewage Treatment Plant Project

(Binghamton, NY)- Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter today sent a letter to the City of Binghamton Council Members offering information and facts regarding Project Labor Agreements, or PLA’s.  

Along with the letter, Associated Builders & Contractors Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson issued the following statement:

“It has been rumored that the City of Binghamton Common Council is entertaining the idea of putting forward a study to examine mandating a Project Labor Agreement on the Joint Sewage Treatment Plant. On behalf of the taxpayers of the Binghamton area, I will tell you that this is a terrible idea.

Before a shovel is even put in the ground, the PLA study will cost the taxpayers of this community upwards of $25,000.  Additionally, the study itself will delay the start of this vital project potentially missing the start of a new construction season.

We can save the Council the time and the taxpayers the money.  Study after study has already been conducted and the results are clear: Projects with PLA’s attached cost on average 12-18% more than projects without them. This is in large part due to the diminished competition creates by PLA’s as they dictate terms of employment terms that are unpalatable to some contractors .

The Council cannot make the grave mistake of putting this study out to bid. They would be excluding local businesses and local workers from the opportunity to work on projects that they are paying for with their own tax dollars. Taxpayers deserve projects with the best value at the best price and a PLA would guarantee just the opposite. The Council has an obligation to do the right thing for their ALL if their constituents not just for certain special interests groups.”

About Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter
Associated Builders & Contractors was founded on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The Empire State Chapter represents over 400 members in the construction industry throughout NYS, including over 100 in the Central New York/Southern Tier region.