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Bad News: Construction Input Prices Increase 1.4% in February, Says ABC

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | March 14, 2024

WASHINGTON, March 14-Construction input prices increased 1.4% in February compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 1.3% for the month. Overall construction input prices are 1.5% higher than a year ago,…

Queens Assemblymember David Weprin sponsors bill that would make staged construction accidents a Class E felony

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | March 13, 2024

By Athena Dawson QNS: Queens News, Sports, Entertainment & Community On Tuesday, Mar. 5, Queens Assemblymember David Weprin (D-24), held a press conference in Albany to announce his sponsorship of a new bill that would make staged construction accidents a Class E felony. The bill aims to combat what he describes as a disturbing rise…

Sampson Speaks at Presser Supporting Penalties for Staging Construction Site Accident

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | March 4, 2024

At a press conference at the New York State Capitol last Tuesday, ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson spoke in support of legislation aimed at fighting workers’ compensation fraud in New York. The legislation (S.8413/ A898) sponsored by Senator Breslin and Assemblyman Weprin in their respective houses would establish staging a construction site accident…

Unions Finally Come Clean

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 29, 2024

By ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson In a recent article published by Biznow about declining union membership numbers in construction, the author stated construction unions have a fork in the road ahead of them, and they’re correct. However, they misidentified what the options are. It’s the politicians, not the building trades, that have a decision…

ABC: Government-Registered Apprenticeship Programs Not Keeping Up With Construction Industry Needs

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 22, 2024

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22-At current rates of participation and completion, federal and state government-registered apprenticeship programs will fail to meet the construction industry’s short- and long-term skilled workforce needs, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of recently released U.S. Department of Labor data. ABC estimates that the construction industry’s federal and state GRAPs had…

Prevailing Wage Means Doom & Delays

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 13, 2024

New York State, as a whole, is experiencing a crippling housing crisis that is leaving families with nowhere to turn. This crisis is even more extreme in New York City, which is experiencing a vacancy rate of just 1.4%, the lowest it has been in almost 60 years, according to the city’s Department of Housing…

Project Labor Agreements Will Crush SUNY/CUNY Schools

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 6, 2024

The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”), representing hundreds of merit-shop contractors and subcontractors employing hundreds of thousands of workers throughout New York, strongly opposes S.6050. This bill would mandate that all SUNY and CUNY construction projects over $3 million have a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) attached. If PLAs are mandated on…

2024 Budget Testimony: Economic Development

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 1, 2024

Thank you for the opportunity to share our testimony with you and the members of the Senate and Assembly on economic development in our state. The Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC) is a construction trade association representing hundreds of open shop contractors, employing tens of thousands of workers across New York State.…

2024 Budget Testimony: Transportation

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 1, 2024

The Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC) is a construction trade association representing hundreds of merit shop contractors, employing hundreds of thousands of workers across New York State. We thank the Legislature for the opportunity to speak on such an important topic that impacts the quality of life of every single New Yorker:…

2024 Construction Workforce Shortage Tops Half a Million

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 31, 2024

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31-The construction industry will need to attract an estimated 501,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2024 to meet the demand for labor, according to a proprietary model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors. In 2025, the industry will need to bring in nearly 454,000 new workers on…

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