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2011
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$6 Billion Worth Of Union Construction Contracts Upheld In New York

A complaint, filed in New York by the Building Industry Electrical Contractors Association and the United Electrical Contractors Association, has been ruled out by a federal judge, paving the way for $6 billion worth of union construction work to be completed by 2014 under Project Labor Agreements. From Crain’s New York:

The agreements, reached in 2009, covered $6 billion in infrastructure projects through 2014, including the construction of a new police academy and an expanded 911 call center, and involving 32,000 construction jobs. The savings were to be achieved through more efficient work rules, standardized holidays and no-strike pledges. The agreements—comprehensive pre-hire collective bargaining agreements laying out the basic employment conditions for everyone involved in a project—were expected to create 1,800 additional construction jobs.

“This important ruling will allow critical public works—such as the new police academy—to proceed without interruption and ensure that future construction projects will be completed in a cost-effective and efficient manner,” said Jonathan Becker, deputy chief of the city Law Department’s commercial and real estate litigation division.

Read the entire piece HERE.

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