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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABC Reacts: 2024 State of the State Address

ABC Reacts: 2024 State of the State Address 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,…

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

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

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State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech

State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech 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 Categories…

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

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

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Westside News: Builders’ association comments on start of legislation session

Westside News: Builders’ association comments on start of legislation session Our chief concern continues to be the utilization of Project Labor Agreements and the application of prevailing wages to private work. Both items do nothing more than steer contracts to preferred constituents and make New York less affordable for all of us.” – Brian Sampson,…

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New York’s Construction Policy Environment Worst in Nation, Says ABC

New York’s Construction Policy Environment Worst in Nation, Says ABC [New York] Dec. 7th—Associated Builders and Contractors has released its ninth annual Merit Shop Scorecard, announcing that New York has THE WORST public policy environment for merit shop construction contractors. Ranking 51 out of 51, New York rated the lowest based on state laws, policies, and programs…

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NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns

NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns After renewable energy developers threatened to stop building billions of dollars of offshore wind energy projects due to the high construction cost, the governor and NYSERDA issued a new RFP allowing developers to rebid the projects. The rebidding process starts Thursday, November 30th. “We strongly…

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