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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