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80% of New York Construction Workers Do Not Belong to a Union

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 29, 2024

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of 2023 state union membership data published recently by UnionStats.com, 80% of New York’s construction workers in private industry do not belong to a union. Nationwide, a record 89.3% of construction workers do not belong to a union, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from 88.3% in…

ABC: A Record 89.3% of the U.S. Construction Industry Is Not Part of a Union

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 23, 2024

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23-According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2023 Union Members Summary released today, a historic low of 10.7% of the construction industry belongs to a union, a decline from 11.7% in 2022. BLS reports that 7.9 million construction workers were not members of a union in 2023.…

How NY Comes Back From Last Place

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 23, 2024

NY Ranked LAST in Pro-Construction Growth – Here Are Three Ways to Fix It In her 2024 address, Governor Hochul renewed her commitment to building more affordable housing units and fixing our crumbling infrastructure; we fully support these goals. The current construction climate of New York,k unfortunately, means that these lofty goals will once again…

PLAs Will Kneecap SUNY/CUNY Innovation

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 17, 2024

On Tuesday, Governor Hochul delivered her FY-25 Budget Address. As we continue to sift through her proposals, we’re pleased to see her plan to allocate $2.4 Billion for SUNY and CUNY projects. This funding is crucial and will significantly benefit institutions such as the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Fredonia State, and ECC, currently facing…

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in December, Contractor Confidence Improves

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 16, 2024

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16-Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 8.6 months in December from 8.5 months in November, according to an ABC member survey conducted Dec. 20 to Jan. 4. The reading is down 0.6 months from December 2022. View ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index tables for December. View the…

Builders, affordable housing groups demand repeal of N.Y. Scaffold Law this session

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 11, 2024

Builders, contractors and New York affordable housing experts Wednesday could not name a housing proposal in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State they disliked, but said they will push for additional policy changes to improve supply across the state, including repealing the state’s nearly 170-year-old scaffolding law. Hochul’s plans to improve affordable housing in…

ABC Reacts: 2024 State of the State Address

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 10, 2024

The Following Statement Regarding Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address is Attributed to ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson:  “The Associated Builders & Contractors Empire State Chapter is pleased to hear again Governor Hochul commit to improving our infrastructure, expanding broadband, constructing more affordable housing, and continuing our commitment to green energy,” said…

New York State gets an ‘F’ in several construction-related categories: Report

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 9, 2024

he climate for builders and contractors in New York State is the worst in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). While the construction industry in New York is vibrant and growing, earning a C grade in the report,  things could be better and the state gets F…

State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 9, 2024

Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her annual State of the State Tuesday, which was followed by responses from politicians and numerous education, business and other organizations. Click here for full story: State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech – Huntington Now | Huntington, NY Local News

Construction Job Openings in November Rise to Highest Level Since 2022, Says ABC

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | January 3, 2024

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3-The construction industry had 459,000 job openings on the last day of November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry…

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