The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio today presented a new project work contract that will apply to workers on urban renewal projects and some city-funded construction projects. The use of LTOs virtually eliminates competition for unions and ensures that their contractors win the job. Certainly, increased competition would lead to more projects, as it would lead to a decrease in bids. The agreement also provides for construction unions to deliver apprentices to contractors, urban projects with the maximum number of apprentices admitted to sites under national labour law. A new declaration of intent will also impose a number of apprenticeship spaces for residents of low-income municipalities and NYCHA housing. Since the announcement of the agreement, the Citizens` Budget Committee (CBC) has not been aware of the results and the extent to which these benefits have been realized. Given the many problems associated with NYCHA`s repair and capital programs, it is particularly important to determine the impact of the ALP on NYCHA`s finances, operations and residents before deciding whether a renewal or modification is appropriate. This result would do a disservice to the Community, which must benefit from such dramatic action. Instead of having real repairs done quickly by a group of contractors who had to compete to put the best and least expensive project on the rails, public housing residents would again be blocked by slow and costly repairs. Taxpayer waste was indicative of the old NYCHA.
Today, we stand for transparency as the best form of control and accountability of taxpayers` money. NYCHA now publishes work and performance metrics, contracts and rewards on our website and has even released an interactive Sandy Transparency map, on which the public can access spending data and updates on the state of work related to the $3 billion in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This digital tool provides information on the scope of the work, the phase of the project (design, design and design), funding levels and schedules, renderings and details of contractors. The mayor also announced that he would propose a new bill within the state legislature to establish an Office of Community Union and Workforce Development. The office would develop new programs to connect NYCHA residents, veterans, people with disabilities, people with criminal records, immigrants and recipients of financial assistance to contractors and other businesses working on all types of urban projects, not just construction projects. The bill would also establish a minimum ratio between apprentices and regular workers on urban construction sites.