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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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Unions Finally Come Clean

Unions Finally Come Clean By ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson In a recent article published by Biznow about declining union membership numbers in construction, the author stated construction unions have a fork in the road ahead of them, and they’re correct. However, they misidentified what the options are. It’s the politicians, not the building trades,…

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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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Project Labor Agreements Will Crush SUNY/CUNY Schools

Project Labor Agreements Will Crush SUNY/CUNY Schools The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”), representing hundreds of merit-shop contractors and subcontractors employing hundreds of thousands of workers throughout New York, strongly opposes S.6050. This bill would mandate that all SUNY and CUNY construction projects over $3 million have a Project Labor Agreement…

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Westside News: Builders’ association comments on start of legislation session

Westside News: Builders’ association comments on start of legislation session Our chief concern continues to be the utilization of Project Labor Agreements and the application of prevailing wages to private work. Both items do nothing more than steer contracts to preferred constituents and make New York less affordable for all of us.” – Brian Sampson,…

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NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns

NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns After renewable energy developers threatened to stop building billions of dollars of offshore wind energy projects due to the high construction cost, the governor and NYSERDA issued a new RFP allowing developers to rebid the projects. The rebidding process starts Thursday, November 30th. “We strongly…

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Letter to the Editor: Stadium Project Needs Construction Workers

Letter to the Editor: Stadium Project Needs Construction Workers   ABC President Brian Sampson was recently featured in the East Aurora Advertiser about the Bills Stadium Project workforce issues. Dear Editor, Whether we’re a broken record or, as Yogi Berra famously said, “it’s like déjà vu all over again”, the fact that the Bills stadium…

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Project Labor Agreement Will Sideline Many Workers

Project Labor Agreement Will Sideline Many Workers The Buffalo Bills’ stadium deal should be a great thing for all New Yorkers. However, buried in the deal is a legal mechanism that will exclude seven out of 10 construction workers in the state from working on and benefiting from the new stadium project. Erie County Executive…

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ABC’s Sampson: NY’s Policies Hurt Business’ Chances of Success

ABC’s Sampson: NY’s Policies Hurt Business’ Chances of Success CLICK FOR VIDEO Construction unemployment rates in New York State have dropped drastically from a year ago, but NY still lags behind 48 states.That’s according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. In December 2020, the rate was 15.9%. A year later…

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