Joint Statement – ABC and Unshackle Upstate: Assemblyman Bronson Dodges Call for Transparency in Sponsored Prevailing Wage Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2019
Contact: Amanda Bertram (518) 469-1507
At a recent press event, Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D-Rochester) referred to questions about how the State’s Department of Labor calculates prevailing wage a “deflection” to his efforts to expand the definition of public work to include private development projects.

In response Brian Sampson, President of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate Michael Kracker released the following joint statement:

“Assemblyman Bronson’s flippant dismissal of legitimate concerns regarding how New York’s prevailing wage is calculated is just another reason why it would be deeply irresponsible to hastily include this proposal in the budget. This type of disregard for transparency may be standard practice in Albany, but taxpayers, business owners and hardworking New Yorkers deserve better.

We have consistently pointed out that this deeply flawed proposal will dramatically increase construction costs and result in less construction and fewer jobs. If the
Assemblyman and other supporters disagree, they should open up the books and allow taxpayers to see what they’re getting for their money.”

What New York Press is saying about Prevailing Wage:

The New York Daily News Editorial Board: The price of prevailing wage: Requiring far higher wages for affordable housing development will inflate public costs or depress the number of units

AMNY Editorial Board: Don’t rush a new law for prevailing wage on construction projects

New York Post Editorial Board: Naked politics is driving Albany Democrats

Newsday Editorial Board: “Expanding prevailing wage requirements is best left out of the budget…”

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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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