Antiquated Study Fails to Produce Actual Savings for Taxpayers

During a press conference this morning, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo boasted that the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) saved taxpayers $500,000 on the $53.7 million Greater Rochester International Airport renovation. Our question is simple; how was that calculated?

The original PLA study miscalculated the potential savings by using a decades old labor model. If the state was willing to waste tens of thousands on a flawed study, then they should be willing to pay for a post-PLA study to truly determine if the proposed savings were realized. We, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter, are calling on Governor Cuomo and the Monroe County Airport Authority to produce the data that demonstrates those savings. Until Governor Cuomo begins to use post PLA studies, any alleged savings is nothing more than patent exaggerations and a waste of taxpayer resources.

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Shield taxpayers from PLAs

By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

A PLA is a pre-hire agreement requiring the workforce comes from local union hiring halls. However, unions only account for 21 percent of the construction workforce across New York, with that number being even smaller in the Lake George area. PLAs effectively bar the majority of local contractors and their workers from bidding and winning work that their own tax dollars fund. PLAs do nothing more than eliminate competition for unions, ensuring their contractors win work, and decrease the number of bids on a project, driving taxpayer expenses.

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

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

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.

Joint Statement – ABC and Unshackle Upstate: Assemblyman Bronson Dodges Call for Transparency in Sponsored Prevailing Wage Bill

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

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Ogdensburg Won’t Save Money With a PLA

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide, Uncategorized|

For years, the city of Ogdensburg has struggled to gather funding for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. Now, with the final financing pieces falling into place, the spendthrift City Council has voted to irresponsibly waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to conduct a study to consider using a Project Labor Agreement: a discriminatory, pre-hire agreement with labor organizations requiring that the workforce comes from the local union hiring hall.

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