Long Island Business News: Court Puts Brakes On Oyster Bay’s Apprenticeship Law

From Long Island Business News:

A federal court judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the Town of Oyster Bay’s apprenticeship law, paving the way for non-union contractors to once again work on large construction projects in the town.

The controversial law required contractors working on projects of 100,000 square feet or more to have a state-approved apprenticeship program, which effectively eliminated most non-union competition and forced developers to hire union contractors instead.

The lawsuit against the Oyster Bay law was filed by attorney Jonathan Farrell of Mineola-based Meltzer Lippe on behalf of Hartcorn Plumbing and Heating and the Long Island and New York Mechanical Contractors Association.

“These laws are remarkably illegal and pernicious,” Farrell told LIBN. “The fact that they are popular on Long Island is an irrelevancy. As these statutes particularly pertain to private work, they are enacted to benefit a select group of unionized contractors to the detriment of other union and non-union contractors, consumers and taxpayers.”

Read the entire article: Long Island Business News

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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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