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AUDIO: The Capitol Pressroom Talks With Brian Sampson

A bill that would require prevailing wage on private projects receiving public funds has raised the ire of a number of organizations. Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter, weighed in on the bill.

AUDIO: The Capitol Pressroom Talks With Brian Sampson2018-09-21T16:09:01+00:00

New York Post: How Union Construction Privileges Bleed Taxpayers Dry

At a recent campaign rally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo renewed his promise to New York City construction-union bosses and members, who just so happen to be among his biggest backers: “There will never be a state project that isn’t built with union labor” while he’s governor.

New York Post: How Union Construction Privileges Bleed Taxpayers Dry2018-09-21T16:10:05+00:00

Syracuse: City’s Bid Requirements “Unrealistic,” Leave Syracuse Kids Behind (Your Letters)

Student-athletes at Fowler High School have spent nearly a decade without a home athletic field. This is largely due to excessive, unnecessary and frankly unfair regulation.

Syracuse: City’s Bid Requirements “Unrealistic,” Leave Syracuse Kids Behind (Your Letters)2018-09-21T16:11:02+00:00

Construction Citizen: ABC Members and NCC Competitors Inspired By Opening Presentations At ABC Convention 2018

The Opening General Session of the ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, California began this year with an explosion of sound and excitement.

Construction Citizen: ABC Members and NCC Competitors Inspired By Opening Presentations At ABC Convention 20182018-09-21T16:12:16+00:00

The Buffalo News: Another Voice: Revision To Apprenticeship Law Hurts Taxpayers

In late April, the Erie County Legislature, in a vote along party lines, passed Local Law 4-1 to close what they deemed to be a “loophole” in their apprenticeship law. Unfortunately, for the residents in Erie County, the ill-informed and misguided members of the Democratic majority chose to dramatically increase the cost of public construction at a time when financial resources for infrastructure are scarce.

The Buffalo News: Another Voice: Revision To Apprenticeship Law Hurts Taxpayers2018-09-21T16:13:19+00:00

The Buffalo News: Plan To Tighten County Apprenticeship Rules Draws Concern

What appears to be a minor change in an existing law has drawn concerns from business groups who think it would exclude many non-union contractors from county work.

The Buffalo News: Plan To Tighten County Apprenticeship Rules Draws Concern2018-09-21T16:14:21+00:00

Outdated Union Work Rules Driving Up MTA Costs

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has come under fire of late. It’s been accused of being one the most mismanaged transit authorities in the world. These accusations arise from the MTA being plagued by construction delays and high costs. However, being that all construction on NYC subways has to be 100% completed by union labor, [...]

Outdated Union Work Rules Driving Up MTA Costs2018-09-18T19:38:26+00:00

Prevailing Wage Driving Up MTA Costs

The study looked at three different megaprojects to determine what factors are causing high construction costs. The RPA concludes that labor costs are the most divisive cost driver. The RPA cites a Turner and Townsend study, that found New York construction labor costs to be the highest in the world, reaching almost $100 per hour. These labor costs are directly attributed to New York’s Prevailing Wage Law. 

Prevailing Wage Driving Up MTA Costs2018-03-12T14:17:09+00:00

Long Island Business News: Court Puts Brakes On Oyster Bay’s Apprenticeship Law

A federal court judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Town of Oyster Bay’s apprenticeship law, paving the way for non-union contractors to once again work on large construction projects in the town.

Long Island Business News: Court Puts Brakes On Oyster Bay’s Apprenticeship Law2018-09-21T16:15:27+00:00