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

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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.

Read the entire article: Crain’s New York

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