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Built by Merit: Profiles Of ABC Member Projects

By | July 14, 2017

W.M. Schultz Construction is a merit shop contractor based out of Ballston Spa, New York and has been a long time member and supporter of ABC. They perform a variety of heavy civil infrastructure work in the water and wastewater markets, transportation, and industrial markets. They look for complex and demanding work that requires extensive…

Dob Targets Gilbane After Concrete, Crowbar Falls from Macklowe’s East 59th Street Site

By | July 10, 2017

Agency is paying close attention to other alleged problem contractors The city is cracking down on Gilbane Residential Construction after a rash of construction mishaps on several of the contractor’s sites. In May, a crowbar fell from the 32nd story of a luxury condo building rising at Macklowe Properties’ 200 East 59th Street, the New…

As Construction Safety Debate Heats Up, Contracting Group Acknowledges Shift Away from Unions

By | July 10, 2017

By Sally Goldenberg 07/05/2017 05:02 AM EDT The city’s leading trade organization representing building contractors, historically an ally of construction unions, is increasingly welcoming employers who use nonunion workers as well. The shift, which the group’s president acknowledged in a private speech and interview last week, is taking shape as city officials, organized labor and…

Renovation of Jewish Seminary in Morningside Heights Spurs Protest Over Use Of Non-Union Labor

By | July 5, 2017

By Ginger Adams Otis of the NY Daily News When is it ethical for a Jewish institution to use non-union labor? It’s up for debate. A renovation of the storied Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan has sparked a heated Rabbinical discourse among students, faculty and alums — all using the Talmud as their guide. The…

Construction Leaders Take to The Airwaves to Educate Congress on Workforce Issues

By | July 5, 2017

by Scott Braddock All last week, members of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America were in Washington to talk with members of Congress and others about the need to invest in a future workforce. As part of their effort, ABC’s national leadership took to the airwaves on WTOP Radio to get into the specifics…

Mayor and Building Trades Near Deal on Safety Reforms Amid Increase in Construction Accidents

By | June 5, 2017

By Sally Goldenberg 06/05/2017 05:13 AM EDT Mayor Bill de Blasio and construction union leaders, who have recently begun patching up their contentious relationship, are nearing a deal to dramatically increase worker training requirements in response to a recent uptick in injuries and deaths, according to multiple sources briefed on the potential agreement. The proposal…

Crain’s New York: Making Construction Safer In The City Requires Investment, Not Organized Labor

By | May 25, 2017

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Nonunion Group Calls on State to Investigate Why Verrazano Bridge Worker Wasn’t Wearing a Safety Harness

By | May 22, 2017

A nonunion construction group is calling on the state to investigate why a worker who fell from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge earlier this week wasn’t in a safety harness. The Associated Builders Contractors sent a letter to the state’s Department of Transportation urging the agency to investigate why the worker wasn’t “tied off” when he fell…

ABC Comments On Burdensome EPA Regulations

By | May 22, 2017

On May 15, ABC submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on costly and burdensome EPA regulations and policies. In the comment letter, ABC expressed concern that major federal projects have been unnecessarily delayed or abandoned, resulting in jobs being deferred or never created because of a dysfunctional permitting system. ABC supports a streamlined process…

Bipartisan, ABC-Supported Career and Technical Education Bill Introduced in Congress

By | May 15, 2017

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced in the Committee on Education and the Workforce by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) on May 4. The ABC-supported legislation would provide more access to valuable career and technical education (CTE) programs and ensure these programs are aligned…

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