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ABC Corrects the Record on PLAs

ABC Corrects the Record on PLAs In a recently published opinion article, “Project Labor Agreements Bring Accountability to Large Scale SUNY Projects”, by Bill Banfield, he makes blatantly incorrect promises about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). The entire article is based on a false premise. ABC can’t stand by and allow these false narratives to prevail.…

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ABC Urges Biden Administration To Withdraw Its Illegal, Ineffective and Costly Apprenticeship Proposed Rule

ABC Urges Biden Administration To Withdraw Its Illegal, Ineffective and Costly Apprenticeship Proposed Rule WASHINGTON, — Associated Builders and Contractors submitted comments on March 18 on the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial proposed rule overhauling regulations related to government-registered apprenticeship programs, or GRAPs. In more than 40 pages of comments, ABC urged the DOL to withdraw the illegal…

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

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

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Prevailing Wage Means Doom & Delays

Prevailing Wage Means Doom & Delays 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…

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2024 Budget Testimony: Economic Development

2024 Budget Testimony: Economic Development 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…

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

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

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How NY Comes Back From Last Place

How NY Comes Back From Last Place 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…

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PLAs Will Kneecap SUNY/CUNY Innovation

PLAs Will Kneecap SUNY/CUNY Innovation 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…

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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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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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