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Fix the PLA Problem Before Bailing Out NYCHA

Fix the PLA Problem Before Bailing Out NYCHA The newly appointed New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) CEO has requested a $500M bailout. Common sense change must be made before even a penny of this enormous bailout is forced on taxpayers. NYCHA must stop using expensive Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on their construction projects as…

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Bringing Back 421-A Is a Good Start to Fixing Housing Crisis

Bringing Back 421-A Is a Good Start to Fixing Housing Crisis Leaders in Albany have correctly identified that New York has a housing crisis. It is even more frustrating that they have chosen to do nothing about that crisis. Without the correct changes, there is no way that the state will reach its goal of…

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New York Open-shop Trade Groups Merge

New York Open-shop Trade Groups Merge The state’s largest non-union construction trade organization has expanded after absorbing another trade group. The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is merging with the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA), according to an ABC statement. NYCA’s leadership will join the Empire State Chapter’s Regional Leadership Committee…

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Major Open Shop Construction Industry Merger in New York State

Major Open Shop Construction Industry Merger in New York State Open shop industry will now speak with one voice: ABC absorbs NYCA Today, the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) announced that the organizations have completed a major move that will resonate throughout New York…

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IMPORTANT: NYC DOB SAFETY SWEEP

From The New York City Department of Buildings  Recently New York City has tragically lost two workers while another was injured. As a response to these incidents the Department will be proactively sweeping construction sites throughout the city to ensure the safety of the sites and the workers. As merit shop contractors, the safety of…

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Death From Above: Lawmaker Envisions Bird-Safe Buildings in New York City

Brian Sampson, president of the Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which works on behalf of over 400 construction and contracting firms throughout New York State, said he’s actually a bird fan.

It’s just that saving them from deadly building crashes with a new law is “unnecessary” and “pretty far down the list” compared to other big cost-drivers affecting construction such as the dusty scaffolding laws, the calculation of prevailing wages, and even recreational marijuana legalization that has been floated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a possible law that he said could endanger pot-free hardhats working alongside legal users.

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