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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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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