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New York Open-shop Trade Groups Merge

New York Open-shop Trade Groups Merge The state’s largest non-union construction trade organization has expanded after absorbing another trade group. The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is merging with the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA), according to an ABC statement. NYCA’s leadership will join the Empire State Chapter’s Regional Leadership Committee…

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Major Open Shop Construction Industry Merger in New York State

Major Open Shop Construction Industry Merger in New York State Open shop industry will now speak with one voice: ABC absorbs NYCA Today, the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) announced that the organizations have completed a major move that will resonate throughout New York…

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What Construction of New Bills Stadium Could Mean for Trade Jobs

What Construction of New Bills Stadium Could Mean for Trade Jobs ABC’s Brian Sampson calls PLA on Bills stadium “a slap in the face to our workers.” Building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills will create 10,000 construction jobs, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. The project is expected to cost $1.4 billion with New…

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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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To Best Protect Taxpayers, Avoid Imposing a PLA on Stadium Construction

To Best Protect Taxpayers, Avoid Imposing a PLA on Stadium Construction ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson’s Op-Ed in the Buffalo News. After years of discussion, the Buffalo Bills, their fans and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan region are finally poised to get a modern stadium that can provide an exceptional gameday experience for one…

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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.

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