Syracuse: City’s Bid Requirements “Unrealistic,” Leave Syracuse Kids Behind (Your Letters)

From Syracuse:

Student-athletes at Fowler High School have spent nearly a decade without a home athletic field. This is largely due to excessive, unnecessary and frankly unfair regulation.

Unfortunately, for the students at Fowler High School, the ill-informed and misguided members of the Syracuse’s Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB) chose to dramatically increase the cost of this public construction project through implementation of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Since a PLA has been mandated on the project, merit shop firms with their own highly skilled employees are unable to work on this job because of the restrictive union hall hiring requirements. Subsequently, this has shut out a number of project bids from local merit shops or force them to pull workers, unfamiliar with their safety procedures, from a union hall, in order to bid the job.

That PLA has decimated the field of competitive bids for the project. Only one company has bid the work at more than 5 million dollars over the budgeted amount. Gov. Cuomo, who insists that any public works project be done with a PLA, refused to contribute more financial resources to the school district for a field that should have been finished by 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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