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Trade War: Find Out How The Tariffs Are Impacting New York Businesses and Consumers

“What’s clear is that some contractors will have to deal with cost overruns that they can’t pass on to their customers,” said Brian Sampson, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors of New York. “But in most cases, the increased cost of the tariffs will be passed on to customers resulting in more expensive construction projects or higher costs for capital goods.”

Trade War: Find Out How The Tariffs Are Impacting New York Businesses and Consumers2019-05-22T13:12:26-04:00

First JCC Trades Training Class Graduates; Honored by Officials

The first class to complete the intensive 10-week, 40-hour construction training course offered by Jefferson Community College was celebrated at a recognition ceremony Friday at the Lewis County JCC Education Center.

First JCC Trades Training Class Graduates; Honored by Officials2019-05-13T16:06:52-04:00

Safety Week Begins Today

Valued Member,Safety on a construction site goes far beyond reducing injuries. It’s about coming together to protect one another and make sure we get home safely every night. The construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous employment sectors for American workers. That’s why today marks the beginning of a week long campaign to [...]

Safety Week Begins Today2019-05-06T10:54:17-04:00

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

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 PLA2019-02-11T12:46:17-05:00