Commercial Observer: Contractor Groups Slam Legislation Raising DOB Fines

From Commercial Observer:

Trade groups that represent both open-shop and union contractors are vocally opposing a package of City Council bills that aim to increase fines and create new ones for serious building code violations. The council passed two of the bills yesterday, but the most controversial of the proposals is still wending its way through the legislative process.

“The level of fines they’re talking about is arbitrary and capricious,” Louis Coletti, the head of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, a contractor group that represents companies using open-shop and unionized labor, told Commercial Observer. He added that the bills will be “ineffective” because there was “no discussion with the experts in the buildings department or the experts in the industry.”

The bills were first introduced among a package of 21 construction safety bills at a hearing in January. But since the focus of that hearing was the controversial “apprenticeship bill” signed into law on Monday, trade groups didn’t have much opportunity to comment on the New York City Department of Buildings fine proposals at the time. The council only notified contractor groups on Oct. 2 that the bills were scheduled for a vote, giving them two weeks to offer feedback and objections before the full council voted on the bills.

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Ogdensburg City Council Votes to Award Wastewater Treatment Plant Contract, Lawsuit Considered by Contractors’ Group

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

OGDENSBURG — City Council unanimously voted to award a construction contract to Jett Industries of Colliersville for the $35.9 million wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project, but also caught an earful from two separate parties skeptical about the process, Monday night.

Ogdensburg City Council Awards WWTP Project Bid, Despite Complaints From Non-Union Labor Representative

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

Ogdensburg City Council took a tongue lashing after accepting a $35.9 million wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project bid from Jett Industries. Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors, called the award shameful and told city councilors they should have heeded her warnings about entering into a project labor agreement just to please Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Editorial — Too Hot to Handle: Labor Pact Didn’t Save Ogdensburg Any Money on Project Bids

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

“It’s not shocking, this is a pattern that we have seen with public works projects across New York state that are bid with project labor agreements,” Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors/Empire State, said in a story published Saturday by the Times. “Across the board, they all come in millions of dollars over engineering estimates. This is a trend.” Associated Builders and Contractors is a national trade organization representing those in the construction industry who don’t belong to unions. Ms. Bertram met with City Council members in November to discuss the disadvantages of using PLAs.

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