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

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

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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.

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