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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2019

Media Contact: Amanda Bertram (518) 469-1507

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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