New York Daily News: Got Subway Anger? Aim It At The Unions: Their Contracts Inflate Construction Costs

From New York Daily News:

New Yorkers all know that feeling of standing on the subway platform and waiting for a train that comes too late, or not at all. As subway problems have continued to plague the city, it’s no surprise that more riders have gotten sick of the delays and vented their outrage at the MTA.

But when your train breaks down, don’t just blame the bureaucracy — blame the union construction bosses that helped cripple New York’s subways with selfish labor deals that have taken billions of dollars away from much-needed repairs.

And don’t stop there. Tell politicians from City Hall to Albany that it’s time to step up and support mass transit by combating the crony capitalism that has enriched union bigwigs at the expense of everyday residents and commuters, including their very own workers.

The sad fact is that too many of New York’s elected officials have swept these issues under the rug because of their unwillingness to challenge politically connected labor leaders. It needs to stop now.

Read the entire article: New York Daily News

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Ogdensburg Won’t Save Money With a PLA

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide, Uncategorized|

For years, the city of Ogdensburg has struggled to gather funding for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. Now, with the final financing pieces falling into place, the spendthrift City Council has voted to irresponsibly waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to conduct a study to consider using a Project Labor Agreement: a discriminatory, pre-hire agreement with labor organizations requiring that the workforce comes from the local union hiring hall.

Mt. Kisco Should Reject Project Labor Agreement for Firehouse Project

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Long Island, News|

The critical project for renovations and additions to the Green Street firehouse will provide hundreds of construction jobs to the region. That’s the good news. The bad news? The Mount Kisco Village Board is making this taxpayer-funded project significantly more expensive by mandating a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

Death From Above: Lawmaker Envisions Bird-Safe Buildings in New York City

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: New York City, News|

Brian Sampson, president of the Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which works on behalf of over 400 construction and contracting firms throughout New York State, said he’s actually a bird fan. It’s just that saving them from deadly building crashes with a new law is “unnecessary” and “pretty far down the list” compared to other big cost-drivers affecting construction such as the dusty scaffolding laws, the calculation of prevailing wages, and even recreational marijuana legalization that has been floated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a possible law that he said could endanger pot-free hardhats working alongside legal users.

New York Ranks 47th for Construction Business Climate, According to ABC Scorecard

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: ABC Press Release, News, Statewide, Uncategorized|

Construction contractors in New York continue to struggle to do business, according to 2018 state rankings released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard” reviews and ranks state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry.

Ogdensburg Council Hears From Businesses Opposed to Wastewater Plant Union Agreement

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: News, Statewide|

A spokeswoman for the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, along with two north country private contractors, have informed elected officials in Ogdensburg that they do not support using a Project Labor Agreement as part of the municipality’s $35 million wastewater treatment plant project.

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