ABC President Brian Sampson’s Statement Regarding the Expansion of Prevailing Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2019

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Statement by Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter:

Brian-SampsonWe cannot allow the building trades, which represent only 21% of the construction workforce in New York, to manipulate legislation that only benefits their union workers. In addition to driving up construction costs, this measure will have a negative impact on the Latino and African American construction workers who choose not to be affiliated or were discriminatorily excluded from joining union halls.

The reports are clear.  The use of prevailing wage on projects does not improve the quality of the project nor does it make them safer.  Instead, it means projects will cost 15-30% more and any financial support will need to be increased to make those projects feasible.  We shouldn’t be making New York more expensive.

Lawmakers must not cave to pressure from the building trades to advance an irresponsible expansion of prevailing wage. Requiring prevailing wage on private projects will do nothing but stymie job growth across the entire state and stall all hopes of a more vibrant economy in New York State. No one should be blinded by the claims of the trades that this is good for the public. The facts are clear: this legislation is only good for them.

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Ogdensburg City Council Votes to Award Wastewater Treatment Plant Contract, Lawsuit Considered by Contractors’ Group

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

OGDENSBURG — City Council unanimously voted to award a construction contract to Jett Industries of Colliersville for the $35.9 million wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project, but also caught an earful from two separate parties skeptical about the process, Monday night.

Ogdensburg City Council Awards WWTP Project Bid, Despite Complaints From Non-Union Labor Representative

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

Ogdensburg City Council took a tongue lashing after accepting a $35.9 million wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project bid from Jett Industries. Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors, called the award shameful and told city councilors they should have heeded her warnings about entering into a project labor agreement just to please Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Editorial — Too Hot to Handle: Labor Pact Didn’t Save Ogdensburg Any Money on Project Bids

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

“It’s not shocking, this is a pattern that we have seen with public works projects across New York state that are bid with project labor agreements,” Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors/Empire State, said in a story published Saturday by the Times. “Across the board, they all come in millions of dollars over engineering estimates. This is a trend.” Associated Builders and Contractors is a national trade organization representing those in the construction industry who don’t belong to unions. Ms. Bertram met with City Council members in November to discuss the disadvantages of using PLAs.

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