BTEA PUNCHLIST
MARCH 23, 2011
Louis J. Coletti
President & CEO

Officers

Kenneth A. Durr
Chairman
Mechanical Contractors Association
Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc.

Steven Alessio
Vice Chairman
Building Contractors Association
Sweet Construction Corp.

Pat A. Di Filippo
Vice Chairman
Contractors' Association of Greater NY
Gene Cardoza
Vice Chairman
Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of NY

David Pinter
Vice Chairman
National Electrical Contractors Assn. NYC Chapter

Victor Gany
Vice Chairman
Sheet Metal Contractors Assn.

Jay Badame
Treasurer
Building Contractors Association
Tishman Construction Corp.

Robert Peckar, Esq.
General Counsel
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
RANK & FILE INFORMATION CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) continues the campaign to inform Rank and File Building Trade Union members about the need to reduce costs that will protect union construction jobs. 
Subway ads are currently running on all NYC subway lines until April 11, 2011.

The campaign website, www.buildunionjobs.com, has been viewed by more than 27,000 people.  The video posted on YouTube has been viewed by 1,000 people.

In the Saturday edition of the NY Times on March 19, 2011 Louis J. Coletti, President of the BTEA, is quoted stating:

“A combination of market erosion and the recession has permanently changed the financial structure of real estate in New York City.  This is not about a race to the bottom. It’s about our common enemy: nonunion contractors.”

Trade Unions in City Confront a Rise in Nonunion Projects - March 18, 2011

ECONOMIC RECOVERY PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) has been informed by the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) that the extension of the Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement (PLA) will be temporarily suspended until negotiations finish at the end of June.

However, if a Construction Manager/General Contractor or an Owner/Developer is seeking a PLA they can directly contact the BCTC either for the Economic Recovery PLA or an individual PLA.

Projects currently under construction and projects that have been approved before March 15, 2011 will still be operating under the terms and conditions of the Economic Recovery PLA.

This action taken by the BCTC has caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal to write an article about the suspension of the agreement on March 21, 2011:

“Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association representing contractors said it was a "mistake" to not renew the program in the current economic climate. He said the move sent a "terrible signal" to contractors who he said were trying to work with unions, rather than employing non-union workers.” 

Unions Drop Savings Pact - March 21, 2011

2011 MEMORIAL MASS

CATHOLICS IN CONSTRUCTION 122ND SEMI-ANNUAL COMMUNIION BREAKFAST

Catholics in Construction is holding their 122nd Semi-Annual Communion Breakfast on Friday, April 8, 2011.  Mass will begin at 9 AM as St. Agnes Church located on 43rd Street & Lexington Avenue.  The breakfast will begin at 9:45 AM at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (near Grand Central) in the Empire Ballroom.

Individual tickets and tables of 8 or 10 may be ordered by calling Catholics in Construction at 718-786-6363/516-739-6602, or by mail to Catholics in Construction c/o Robert J. Asbro, 28-10 38th Avenue, Long Island City, NY  11101.

For more information you can contact Robert Ansbro by fax at 718-786-4089 or by e-mail, Robert.ansbro@newyorkroofing.net.