Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) Announce Partnership to Unify and Strengthen the Merit and Open Shop Voice of New York City

The new partnership will consolidate the open shop community into a more cohesive, organized and influential voice while expanding safety and craft training opportunities for workers

New York City, NY – The Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the leading statewide voice of the merit shop construction industry, and the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA), a coalition of top-tier open shop contractors in New York City, today announced a new partnership agreement to strengthen and unify the voice of the merit and open shop construction industry in New York City.

The new partnership will allow the organizations to combine their respective strengths and assets, and their commitment to safety, to expand their growth and influence in New York City and the region.  The open shop is well-positioned to help drive the New York City economy of the future by ensuring that projects are built on time, without financial waste by utilizing cutting-edge strategies and safety-first focused approaches that can help the city rebuild and fortify its infrastructure for generations to come.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with NYCA,” said Brian Sampson, President of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. “The NYCA members have such a strong presence and a vast, deep knowledge of what it takes to be successful in this complicated market.  We look forward to tapping into that expertise to build better programs to benefit our respective memberships.  More importantly, its the unification of the organizations into one cohesive voice that will provide the most impact for the industry.”

“I’m ecstatic that both NYCA and ABC have decided to align,” said Kenneth Thomas, Executive Director of the New York Construction Alliance. “With us joining forces, I believe we’ll more effectively tap into the synergies that originate from both pairing our respective networks and areas of expertise, and streamlining the messaging from two organizations that both champion the merits of open shop as a viable business model within the New York City marketplace.”

NYCA will become a member of ABC and have access to their New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), New York State Education Department (NYSED), and New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) approved safety and craft training programs.  This will help NYCA members remain compliant with state and local laws and regulations.  The NYCA members will also benefit from ABC’s extensive government affairs efforts in New York City, Albany and Washington, D.C.

The Empire Chapter of ABC benefits by having NYCA members join their Regional Leadership Committee, a group of influential members that helps guide the organization’s efforts in New York City.  The ABC Regional Leadership Committee will take advantage of the expertise, knowledge and influence of the more than $2B annual construction output of NYCA’s founding members.  That includes not only the physical construction of the buildings, but the collective experience in dealing with the laws and regulations of the complex construction market that exists in New York City.

“With a combined annual market share of over $4B and with a backlog in excess of $10B and a strong commitment to safety, the voice of this new partnership will be heard and will help shape the future of construction in New York City”, said Sampson.  “The organizations have been committed to being a resource for all local elected officials who want to learn more about the merit/open shop community and what it’s planning in New York City.  We look forward to continuing those conversations and ensuring an equal playing field for all workers.”

“The open shop workforce is reflective of the diversity of our city, and conceptually it is a model predicated on sourcing the most competent personnel to perform a job, in an as inclusive way as possible; emblematic in that push is an industry reflecting the diverse tapestry of the city itself,” said Thomas.  “The memberships of both organizations have been at the forefront of creating safe, middle-class, career-track construction opportunities for all New York City residents and will continue to do so.  It’s been NYCA’s mission from day one to help advance a culture of safety that ensures all workers return home to their families each and every day, as well as seeking to provide opportunities for more minorities to meaningfully participate at all rungs of the industry.”

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