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Engineer Didn’t Prove That PLAs Save Money

The PLA study, which cost Ogdensburg taxpayers $21,000, purports that with a series of false savings, labor consolidation and “management rights,” the project will save money. Yet no one challenged the study’s creator, Tim Seeler of Seeler Engineering, to positively prove those savings will be achieved. They also never asked him about the negative impact the lack of competition will have on the bidding process. They simply rubber-stamped the study and closed the door on local contractors and their employees.

Engineer Didn’t Prove That PLAs Save Money2019-05-13T16:07:58-04:00

Shield taxpayers from PLAs

A PLA is a pre-hire agreement requiring the workforce comes from local union hiring halls. However, unions only account for 21 percent of the construction workforce across New York, with that number being even smaller in the Lake George area. PLAs effectively bar the majority of local contractors and their workers from bidding and winning work that their own tax dollars fund. PLAs do nothing more than eliminate competition for unions, ensuring their contractors win work, and decrease the number of bids on a project, driving taxpayer expenses.

Shield taxpayers from PLAs2019-05-13T16:20:50-04:00

State Arm of National Business Association Eyes Ogdensburg Lawsuit Over $35 Million Project

From The Watertown Daily Times OGDENSBURG — A spokesperson for the state chapter of a national construction association representing non-union companies and their workers says the organization’s board of directors will decide whether to mount a legal challenge in state Supreme Court over the City Council’s recent decision to adopt a Project Labor Agreement [...]

State Arm of National Business Association Eyes Ogdensburg Lawsuit Over $35 Million Project2019-04-17T16:06:14-04:00

ABC President Brian Sampson’s Statement Regarding the Expansion of Prevailing Wage

The reports are clear. The use of prevailing wage on projects does not improve the quality of the project nor does it make them safer. Instead, it means projects will cost 15-30% more and any financial support will need to be increased to make those projects feasible. We shouldn’t be making New York more expensive.

ABC President Brian Sampson’s Statement Regarding the Expansion of Prevailing Wage2019-03-27T12:31:12-04:00

Joint Statement – ABC and Unshackle Upstate: Assemblyman Bronson Dodges Call for Transparency in Sponsored Prevailing Wage Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2019 Contact: Amanda Bertram (518) 469-1507 At a recent press event, Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D-Rochester) referred to questions about how the State's Department of Labor calculates prevailing wage a "deflection" to his efforts to expand the definition of public work to include private development projects. In response Brian Sampson, [...]

Joint Statement – ABC and Unshackle Upstate: Assemblyman Bronson Dodges Call for Transparency in Sponsored Prevailing Wage Bill2019-03-26T08:35:54-04:00

Ogdensburg Won’t Save Money With a PLA

For years, the city of Ogdensburg has struggled to gather funding for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. Now, with the final financing pieces falling into place, the spendthrift City Council has voted to irresponsibly waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to conduct a study to consider using a Project Labor Agreement: a discriminatory, pre-hire agreement with labor organizations requiring that the workforce comes from the local union hiring hall.

Ogdensburg Won’t Save Money With a PLA2019-02-11T12:46:17-04:00

Mt. Kisco Should Reject Project Labor Agreement for Firehouse Project

The critical project for renovations and additions to the Green Street firehouse will provide hundreds of construction jobs to the region. That’s the good news. The bad news? The Mount Kisco Village Board is making this taxpayer-funded project significantly more expensive by mandating a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

Mt. Kisco Should Reject Project Labor Agreement for Firehouse Project2019-02-11T13:36:57-04:00

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.

Death From Above: Lawmaker Envisions Bird-Safe Buildings in New York City2019-02-11T13:21:54-04:00