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A Wisconsin Lesson for Trump the Builder

‘Project labor agreements’ drive up costs on public-works projects. Ben Brubeck April 16, 2017 2:14 p.m. ET President Trump may be a famous builder, but he could learn something about infrastructure from Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Iowa’s Terry Branstad. On Monday, Gov. Walker is expected to sign a law prohibiting state agencies and local governments from mandating “project labor agreements” on public works. Gov. Branstad signed a similar measure last week. Mandated PLAs are a sop to unions that inflate construction costs and discourage competition. Mr. Trump should issue an executive order to follow suit nationwide. On election night he promised to “rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.” He has floated a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. But much of that could be wasted if blue states and cities force projects to operate under PLAs. When a PLA is mandated, typically it means that contracted builders, whether union or not ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC National Chair Calls on Congress to End Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements

2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich’s op-ed calling on Congress to pass the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1552/S. 622) was published in The Hill on April 10. This ABC-priority legislation would allow America's entire construction workforce—including the 86 percent of the private construction workforce that has chosen not to join a labor union—to compete on a level playing field by ensuring that taxpayer-funded construction cannot be subjected to costly and discriminatory government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs).  “Gaylor Electric’s 1,100 skilled employees and their families benefit from opportunities provided by fair and open competition on public works projects,” wrote Goodrich. “However, the government undermines our ability to fairly compete for contracts subject to government-mandated PLAs because it forces us to hire unfamiliar workers instead of the key ingredient that makes our company a safe and efficient industr ... Read the rest of entry »

A phony push for construction site safety

When unions can’t compete, they turn to city pols to get an edge, and that seems to be what’s driving a City Council bill adding a new mandate for construction workers. In the name of boosting safety, the bill would force workers to finish an apprenticeship program before working on buildings over nine stories tall. Yet unions run most of those programs — so the bill would cost some non-union workers their jobs, and generally steer more work to union shops. Good for the non-union — “merit shop” — firms for fighting back. As The Post’s Carl Campanile reported last week, the Associated Builders & Contractors’ New York chapter has pushed the city to probe a Staten Island crane accident that left union worker Antonio Veloso dead. The city says it is investigating the case. ABC wants equal scrutiny because it says the unions often point to violations — especially fatalities — at non-union job sites.“Union leaders are shameful ... Read the rest of entry »

City investigating crane accident that killed construction worker

The Buildings Department is investigating a March 10 crane accident on Staten Island that resulted in the death of a worker at a union construction site.

Antonio Veloso, a 54-year-old Portuguese immigrant and member of the Laborers International Union Local 1010, was killed at 356 Meredith Ave. after being struck by a load that had fallen off a crane.

The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents nonunion contractors, raised concerns to Buildings Department Commissioner Rick Chandler that there was less public outrage over the accident at a union job site.

A Buildings Department spokesman confirmed the probe.

This article first appeared in the NY Post

DOB investigating fatal crane accident on union site

Death occurred in Staten Island last month April 04, 2017 10:15AM The city’s Department of Buildings is investigating a crane accident that killed a construction worker on a union site in Staten Island last month. Antonio Veloso, 54, was struck and killed by a load that fell off a crane at 356 Meredith Avenue on March 10, the New York Post reported. Veloso, a Portuguese immigrant, was a member of the Laborers International Union Local 1010. Construction safety has been a hot-button issue in the city, as the number of construction-related deaths and injuries has climbed over the last few years. The issue has largely revolved around the safety of union sites versus those run by nonunion shops. The Building & Construction Trades Council has repeatedly pointed out that a majority of the construction-related deaths in the city in the past two years have occurred on non-union sites. The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents nonunion contractors, noted tha ... Read the rest of entry »

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