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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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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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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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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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Fix the PLA Problem Before Bailing Out NYCHA

Fix the PLA Problem Before Bailing Out NYCHA The newly appointed New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) CEO has requested a $500M bailout. Common sense change must be made before even a penny of this enormous bailout is forced on taxpayers. NYCHA must stop using expensive Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on their construction projects as…

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Tossing Cash Out the Window

Tossing Cash Out the Window via GIPHY Time and time again, elected officials in Albany are choosing to waste taxpayer funds by mandating unnecessary labor requirements that do nothing to benefit the project or the workers on those projects and increase the amount New York taxpayer pay for construction. Why do they do these harmful…

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DOOMED FROM THE START: NEW YORKS HABITUAL WORKER EXCLUSION PROBLEM

DOOMED FROM THE START: NEW YORKS HABITUAL WORKER EXCLUSION PROBLEM ABC is glad to see investments included in the state budget proposals to revamp and improve our infrastructure, build 800,000 affordable housing units, and construct more climate/green projects. This funding will create hundreds of thousands of construction jobs in our state. It will also accomplish…

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Albany’s Policies Inhibit Creation of Affordable Housing

Albany’s Policies Inhibit Creation of Affordable Housing It’s clear that addressing the housing crisis by building more affordable housing units in New York is a top priority for Governor Hohcul and leaders in the legislature. ABC and our members applaud this idea, but there are some obstacles standing in the way of achieving this goal.…

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