What Construction of New Bills Stadium Could Mean for Trade Jobs
Sampson calls PLA "biggest slap in the face to our workers"
Building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills will create 10,000 construction jobs, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. The project is expected to cost $1.4 billion with New York State and Erie County contributing a combined $850 million...
...But some in the industry are feeling left out by the deal. It includes a project labor agreement that requires contractors to pay prevailing wages and fringe benefits to all workers under state law. Those are sometimes higher than what non-union companies pay. Critics say the agreement could also require a certain percentage of the labor to be union workers, which means many non-union shops won’t bid on the job.
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June Membership Anniversaries
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The Hayner Hoyt Corporation
Gypsum Systems, LLC
Bast Hatfield Construction, LLC
Mohrmann Electric Co., Inc.
C.O. Falter Construction Corp.
S & O Construction Services, Inc.
Hoosick Valley Contractors, Inc.
Power & Construction Group, Inc.
County Energy Controls, Inc.
Renu Contracting and Restoration
Comfort Window Co., Inc.
Land Remediation, Inc.
Winn Construction Services
North East Fire Protection Systems, Inc.
Phelps Cement Products, Inc.
Weckesser Brick Co., Inc.
Southside Precast Products
Alpine Painting & Sandblasting
Northern Tier Contracting Inc.
Tradestar Mechanical Inc.
Broadstone Advisors, LLC
Slavik & Company, Inc.
AE Rosen Electrical Co. Inc.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
Brown & Brown of New York, Inc.
United Materials, LLC
ABC's Sampson Speaks Up for Small Biz & NYS Farming Industry
NYS close to approving lower overtime pay threshold for farm workers
This past March, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado urged Gov. Kathy Hochul to reconsider a lowering of the threshold for overtime pay for agriculture workers from 60 hours a week to 40. Now, a day after he was sworn in as lieutenant governor, business leaders like Brian Sampson hope he's still an ally.
"We ask him to understand that in his role when he was in Congress, he felt that it was bad for his district. In his role as lieutenant governor, he has to understand it is bad for the entire state," said Associated Builders and Contractors President Brian Sampson.
But in a statement to Spectrum News 1, Delgado pointed to tax credits in the state budget meant to subsidize the costs of overtime pay for farmers.
"The governor and state Legislature struck the right balance in this year’s budget by doubling the farm workforce retention tax credit," he said.
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NYS Legislation to Watch Out for: All Electric Buildings
With only 3 days left in the legislative session, environmentalists and progressives in Albany are making a strong push to pass legislation that would enact the “All-Electric Buildings Act” which will ban the use of natural gas in new construction statewide by 2024. If this legislation passes, it will greatly increase the risk of losing power in New York. New York City already has rolling blackouts and Upstate New York also faces energy shortages. The ABC Empire State Chapter Government Affairs team has been advocating against this bill and will continue to work to stop it before the session ends on June 2nd.
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Prevailing Wage & PLAs Expanded to Most NYS Renewable Projects
Last week, the State Senate voted to pass S.8648 which was already passed by the Assembly earlier in the month. This bill will mandate prevailing wages be paid and the contractor sign on to a Labor Peace Agreement or a Project Labor Agreement to work on any renewable energy project of one megawatt or more. We strongly opposed this legislation and will be actively talking to the Governor’s office about how signing this bill will have harmful impacts on contractors, renewable energy goals, and taxpayers as a whole.
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FEA Merithon Fundraiser Kicks off Today:
The Free Enterprise Alliance's Merithon Fundraiser begins today.
The FEA Merithon, a 218-hour fundraiser culminating at ABC Legislative Week’s Free Enterprise Alliance Reception on Tuesday, June 14, will raise funds for FEA’s critical issue advocacy campaigns focused on key policy issues that impact our industry, as well as get out the vote efforts.
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The Summer Months Are Upon Us:
Prevent Heat-related Illnesses and Injuries!
OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media messaging and media appearances, millions of workers and employers have learned how to protect workers from heat. OSHA's safety message comes down to three key words:
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.
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ABC's OSHA NEP Heat-related Hazards Webinar
Missed the webinar? Here's the video!
With the warmer months now here, ABC's Empire State Chapter recently hosted an OSHA NEP heated-related hazards webinar to provide members with information on how to keep their teams safe in the heat.
Couldn't join us for the webinar? We've got you covered. Here's the full-length recording.
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Employers Have a Responsibility to Protect Workers From the Heat
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program:
- Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
- Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.
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