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New York Daily News: Got Subway Anger? Aim It At The Unions: Their Contracts Inflate Construction Costs

By growthzone | January 5, 2018

When your train breaks down, don’t just blame the bureaucracy — blame the union construction bosses that helped cripple New York’s subways with selfish labor deals that have taken billions of dollars away from much-needed repairs.

Second Ave. Sagas: Inside The Times’ Deep Dive Into The Factors Behind The MTA’s Massive Cost Problems

By growthzone | January 1, 2018

Why do New York rail construction projects cost so much? In essence, with a $5-$6 billion tag attached to Phase 2 of the Second Ave. Subway

The Business Council: State Business Leaders Join Together To Advocate For Prevailing Wage Reforms

By growthzone | December 18, 2017

A coalition of the state’s leading business and industry groups today announced their commitment to advocating for reforms to New York’s prevailing wage law.

Commercial Observer: Contractor Groups Slam Legislation Raising DOB Fines

By growthzone | October 19, 2017

Trade groups that represent both open-shop and union contractors are vocally opposing a package of City Council bills that aim to increase fines and create new ones for serious building code violations.

Crain’s New York: Union Leaders Demanding “Construction Safety For All” Should Mean It

By growthzone | August 30, 2017

It’s time to stop repeating the myth that union construction worksites in New York City are inherently safer than those of the merit shop, exclusively nonunion or even open-shop worksites that combine union and nonunion workers.

The Real Deal: Data Wars: Nonunion Group Says Half 2017’s Construction Deaths Happened On Union Sites

By growthzone | August 29, 2017

The New York chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors released data on Monday showing that five of 2017’s construction-related deaths occurred on union sites. ABC president Brian Sampson said the statistic shows that union sites are on a more equal footing with their nonunion counterparts than labor leaders have let on.

ABC Calls for Drug & Alcohol Testing On NYC Construction

By growthzone | August 8, 2017

As the City Council continues discussing ways to increase construction safety, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter today held a press conference at City Hall urging the Council to introduce and pass legislation mandating drug and alcohol testing on all New York City construction sites.

115th Congress – Federal Update

By growthzone | August 8, 2017

Summer vacation began in Washington on Friday. President Donald Trump left for two weeks in Bedminster, New Jersey, joining the just-departed Senate and House of Representatives for an August recess…

In My Opinion: County Should Reject Project Labor Agreement

By growthzone | July 24, 2017

By Brian Sampson President, Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors The much-talked about Plattsburgh Airport $40 million construction project will provide hundreds of construction jobs to the region and put Clinton County on the map for growth. That’s the good news. The bad news? The project, like the current Norsk plant, is subject…

Built by Merit: Profiles Of ABC Member Projects

By growthzone | 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…