Crain’s New York: Biz Leaders To Cuomo: Let Nonunion Contractors Do Subway Projects

From Crain’s New York:

A letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo assails process that stifles competition

Three New York business leaders have written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the project labor agreements they contend are stifling competition for Metropolitan Transportation Authority projects and raising costs.

The letter urges Cuomo to “put an end to arbitrary PLAs and open up the subway construction bidding process, and frankly the entire bidding process for the state and all the agencies, to the entire construction industry, rather than limiting it to the small group of union contractors who have profited off a lack of competition.”

It was written by Brian Sampson, president of Associated Builders & Contractors; Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business; and Greg Biryla, executive director of the advocacy group Unshackle Upstate.

Their peg was the recent New York Times investigative piece on why MTA subway projects are exorbitantly expensive, but they have been pressing the case on PLAs for years—without success.

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Marijuana Decriminalization to Pass, Wage Mandate Stalls

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide, Uncategorized|

On Thursday, Cuomo declared a bill expanding a "prevailing wage" requirement that would apply to larger construction projects likely dead. The law would have expanded the definition of "public works" in New York to include projects receiving more than 30 percent of their funding from the government – making those projects eligible for the wage requirement. Powerful building trades unions, who are among Cuomo's most significant political supporters, had pushed the mandate this session.

Statement by Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter Regarding Assemblyman Bronson’s New Prevailing Wage Bill (A.8418)

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: ABC Press Release, News, Statewide|

The new Bronson prevailing wage bill is another sad attempt by the people we elect to do nothing more than appease the unions at the expense of the taxpayers.

Empire Chapter President, Brian Sampson Discusses The Devastating Impact of The New Prevailing Wage Bill

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: ABC Press Release, News, Statewide|

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What’s Pushing Prevailing Wage Into The ‘Big Ugly’

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: ABC Press Release, Statewide|

A lack of public hearings on the issue and the rush to get the bill passed by the end of session also means that final details of the bill will be determined behind closed doors, according to Brian Sampson, president of Empire Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. “The potential impact of this bill, as drafted, could stop economic development in parts of this state for a long time,” he said. “Why aren't we talking about this bill more openly, and having more discussions and dialogue about it, instead of wrapping it up with a pretty little bow in the ‘Big Ugly?’”

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.

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