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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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New Bills Stadium Misses Minority Goals

New Bills Stadium Misses Minority Goals Governor Hochul forced the Buffalo Bills into mandating a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the new Buffalo Bills Stadium project, claiming that a PLA would help this project hit every goal they set and promote minorities and women in construction. In some of the least surprising news we have…

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ABC Responds to Buffalo News Letter: “PLAs Actually Serve Local Workers”

ABC Responds to Buffalo News Letter: “PLAs Actually Serve Local Workers” Normally we wouldn’t take the time to respond to a piece like this. We could point out that the “recent study” he cites is just an update to a 2008 presentation given at a union conference, so it’s essentially a 15-year-old union-funded study. We…

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ABC Dedicates WNY Classrooms in Memory of Charles “Chip” Jones, Jr.

ABC Dedicates WNY Classrooms in Memory of Charles “Chip” Jones, Jr. Classrooms dedicated in memory of beloved member who passed away this summer. Last week, The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors held a dedication ceremony at its Western New York Regional Office, in Buffalo, in honor of Charles G. “Chip” Jones, Jr.…

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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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