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"Union leaders demanding 'construction safety for all' should mean it"

By Joshua Reap http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170830/OPINION/170829884   New York’s construction union bosses have claimed they want to increase safety for all workers. As explained by Pat Purcell, who runs a jointly managed trust fund of the Mason Tenders District Council and its contractors, the goal was to “develop legislation that would increase safety standards for all workers—union and nonunion alike.”   So why are some of those union bosses now lobbying for a City Council bill that would do just the opposite and give their own members a competitive advantage by letting them avoid any additional safety training?   Unfortunately, that’s the reality of the debate behind the controversial legislation, known as Intro 1447, which would change safety training standards in the city’s construction industry. The council must put a stop to this flawed and politically motivated legislation before it becomes a bad law that only leaves more workers at ... Read the rest of entry »

115th Congress – Federal Update

115th Congress – Federal Update August Recess Begins Summer vacation began in Washington on Friday. President Donald Trump left for two weeks in Bedminster, New Jersey, joining the just-departed Senate and House of Representatives for an August recess. Before leaving, the Senate moved to block President Trump from making key appointments during its summer recess, then wrapped up action until September by confirming dozens of presidential nominees.  The Senate will hold nine “pro forma” sessions during its August recess, which would prevent the president from replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and officials in other positions without confirmation. The confirmation of nominees -- particularly a series of deputy secretaries -- clears the deck for lawmakers to tend to other matters when they return Sept. 5, including work on critical bills to cover federal spending, flood insurance programs and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as a plan to avoid defaulting on fed ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Calls for Drug & Alcohol Testing on NYC Construction

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LEADERS CALL ON CITY COUNCIL TO INCREASE WORKSITE SAFETY BY MANDATING DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING FOR ALL NEW YORK CITY CONSTRUCTION SITES Around One-Third of All Incidents on Construction Sites Nationwide are Related to Drug or Alcohol Use, According to Industry Study Numerous City Agencies Already Requiring Drug Testing for Jobs That Are Much Less Dangerous than Construction City’s Dept. of Education Already Requires Drug Testing for Construction Laborers and Project Managers on its Worksites New York, NY—As the City Council continues discussing ways to increase construction safety, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter today held a press conference on the steps of City Hall urging the Council to introduce and pass legislation mandating drug and alcohol testing on all New York City construction sites. Joshua Reap, ABC Empire State Chapter’s vice president of public affairs, was joined at the press conference by construction c ... Read the rest of entry »

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