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Construction Materials Prices Increase 0.4% in March

Construction Materials Prices Increase 0.4% in March WASHINGTON, April 11—Construction input prices increased 0.4% in March compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 0.4% for the month. Both overall and…

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Prevailing Wages on Off-site Prefab Will Cost NY Thousands of Jobs

Prevailing Wages on Off-site Prefab Will Cost NY Thousands of Jobs ABC opposes the New York State Legislature’s proposed legislation to mandate prevailing wage mandates on construction work performed at an offsite custom fabrication facility. If passed, this law will drive the custom fabrication industry out of the state and eliminate union and nonunion jobs,…

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Queens Assemblymember David Weprin sponsors bill that would make staged construction accidents a Class E felony

Queens Assemblymember David Weprin sponsors bill that would make staged construction accidents a Class E felony By Athena Dawson QNS: Queens News, Sports, Entertainment & Community On Tuesday, Mar. 5, Queens Assemblymember David Weprin (D-24), held a press conference in Albany to announce his sponsorship of a new bill that would make staged construction accidents…

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Sampson Speaks at Presser Supporting Penalties for Staging Construction Site Accident

Sampson Speaks at Presser Supporting Penalties for Staging Construction Site Accident At a press conference at the New York State Capitol last Tuesday, ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson spoke in support of legislation aimed at fighting workers’ compensation fraud in New York. The legislation (S.8413/ A898) sponsored by Senator Breslin and Assemblyman Weprin…

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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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Prevailing Wage Means Doom & Delays

Prevailing Wage Means Doom & Delays New York State, as a whole, is experiencing a crippling housing crisis that is leaving families with nowhere to turn. This crisis is even more extreme in New York City, which is experiencing a vacancy rate of just 1.4%, the lowest it has been in almost 60 years, according…

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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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2024 Budget Testimony: Economic Development

2024 Budget Testimony: Economic Development Thank you for the opportunity to share our testimony with you and the members of the Senate and Assembly on economic development in our state. The Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC) is a construction trade association representing hundreds of open shop contractors, employing tens of thousands of…

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2024 Budget Testimony: Transportation

2024 Budget Testimony: Transportation The Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC) is a construction trade association representing hundreds of merit shop contractors, employing hundreds of thousands of workers across New York State. We thank the Legislature for the opportunity to speak on such an important topic that impacts the quality of life of…

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