Construction Citizen: ABC Members and NCC Competitors Inspired By Opening Presentations At ABC Convention 2018

From Construction Citizen:

The Opening General Session of the ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, California began this year with an explosion of sound and excitement. The procession of this year’s National Craft Championships competitors into the crowded Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center was led by none other than the uniformed horns and drums of the University of Southern California’s famous Trojan Marching Band! The band stood at the front of the hall and continued to play until all of the competitors and project managers for the competitions had reached their seats at the front of the room. ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr. and ABC’s VP of EH&S and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore, the emcees of the session who had warmed up the crowd with a comedic “fake opening” before the band and competitors entered, looked on from the stage.

As the audience began to settle back into their seats, Sizemore asked the 171 competitors competing in the National Craft Championships and the members of the 16 college teams who were competing in the Construction Management Competition to “stand up and be recognized in this room.” The applause continued when Sizemore then asked all former NCC competitors to stand and be recognized. Next Sizemore introduced and had stood the finalists for Craft Professional of the Year: Richard Brown of Gaylor Electric, Troy Clinger of Kent Companies, Jeff Dickman of Van Dyken Mechanical, and Jaime Ramos of MAREK Brothers. Finally, Sizemore recognized the finalists for Craft Instructor of the Year: Jason Ashlaw representing ABC Empire State Chapter, David Clements representing ABC Cornhusker Chapter, William Fuller representing ABC Greater Houston Chapter, Roosevelt Norwood representing ABC Pelican Chapter, and Eugene Senter representing ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter.

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Union Requirement Inflates Cost of State Fair Bridge

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

A shortage of bids on the New York State Fairgrounds pedestrian bridge project will leave New Yorkers paying more, but getting less. When plans for the project were released with an accompanying project labor agreement (PLA), the playing field narrowed from 20 companies interested in the project to just two submitting bids, with the lowest bid coming in well in excess of $1 million over engineering estimates. Why the drastic decrease in competition and increase in costs? The answer can be found in three simple letters: PLA.

Another Voice: Benefits Add Hidden Costs to Prevailing Wage Projects

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Statewide, Uncategorized|

Let’s not be fooled. Proponents of the expansion of prevailing wage are already doing great damage to taxpayers. They shouldn’t be allowed to ruin what little positive job growth we now have in New York.

Trade War: Find Out How The Tariffs Are Impacting New York Businesses and Consumers

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: Federal Update, News, Statewide|

“What’s clear is that some contractors will have to deal with cost overruns that they can’t pass on to their customers,” said Brian Sampson, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors of New York. “But in most cases, the increased cost of the tariffs will be passed on to customers resulting in more expensive construction projects or higher costs for capital goods.”

First JCC Trades Training Class Graduates; Honored by Officials

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide, Uncategorized|

The first class to complete the intensive 10-week, 40-hour construction training course offered by Jefferson Community College was celebrated at a recognition ceremony Friday at the Lewis County JCC Education Center.

Engineer Didn’t Prove That PLAs Save Money

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

The PLA study, which cost Ogdensburg taxpayers $21,000, purports that with a series of false savings, labor consolidation and “management rights,” the project will save money. Yet no one challenged the study’s creator, Tim Seeler of Seeler Engineering, to positively prove those savings will be achieved. They also never asked him about the negative impact the lack of competition will have on the bidding process. They simply rubber-stamped the study and closed the door on local contractors and their employees.

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