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.

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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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