Crain’s New York: Nonunion Contractors Say City Housing Agency’s Plan Would Freeze Them Out

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Crain’s New York: Nonunion Contractors Say City Housing Agency’s Plan Would Freeze Them Out

From Crain’s New York:

A group representing nonunion construction shops says a potential labor agreement would freeze them out of New York City Housing Authority work and raise costs for the cash-strapped agency.

The Housing Authority, known as NYCHA, signed a so-called project labor agreement effective this year with union shops to perform work on its residential buildings. Now the agency is considering an expansion of that accord to include projects such as sidewalks and playgrounds, known as site work.

But the Associated Builders & Contractors Empire State Chapter is calling on the Housing Authority to drop the idea.

“Competition drives innovation, forces down costs and affords opportunity where it didn’t previously exist,” Brian Sampson, president of the chapter, said in a statement. “The fact that project labor agreements exclude competition tells you all you need to know about the value proposition of this proposal.”

Read the entire article: Crain’s New York Business

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2018-09-14T13:18:11-04:00