Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter (ABC) hold rally opposing apprenticeship mandates outside New York City Council
New York City, Jan. 18—The Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter (ABC), and many other community organizations held a rally with a diverse crowd of hundreds of open-shop craft workers to voice opposition to mandated apprenticeship on private construction job sites.
"ABC’s number-one priority is the safety and wellbeing of the talented men and women who work for our member companies," said Brian Sampson, president of the ABC Empire State Chapter. "Today I stood side by side with hundreds of incredibly skilled New York City merit shop construction workers who are safely building New York's future and would be put out of work by the proposed apprenticeship program mandate. While we are pleased the New York City Council has made a wide array of good proposals to improve construction safety, any legislation mandating apprenticeship programs will halt construction and put 100,000 hardworking men and women, including many who attended today's rally, out of a job without improving safety."
”Rather than impose unfair new rules, the council can provide immediate improvements to construction safety in the city by adopting best practices from high-performing contractors such as mandatory scaffold training and fall protection certifications, that are accessible to all parties involved in construction," added Sampson. "ABC members work hard to recruit, develop and retain a talented, well-trained workforce, and we look forward to continuing to engage the City Council to improve construction safety in a way that will benefit all workers, regardless of labor affiliation.
#2017 #ApprenticeshipMandates #ConstructionWorkers #NewYork #NYC #NYCityCouncil #Protest #rally #SafetyFirst #SafetyForAllNYC #WorkerRights
© Erik McGregor - firstname.lastname@example.org - 917-225-8963