BTEA PUNCHLIST
MARCH 30, 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.
CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO EDUCATE RANK AND FILE MEMBERS

BTEA

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 running on all NYC subway lines until April 11, 2011.

The campaign website, www.buildunionjobs.com, has been viewed by more than 37,000 people.  The video posted on YouTube has been viewed by 1,000 people.

An article appeared in the March 28, 2011 - April 3, 2011 edition of Crain’s focusing on this issue. 

Louis J. Coletti is quoted as saying:

“That BTEA members are willing to pay more to use skilled union labor but said they are losing jobs because of the higher costs.  “This is not a race to the bottom,” he said.  “We are not the enemy.  We want to use union labor.”” 

Honeymoon in construction industry ends with a bang - March 27, 2011

NYC DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS INCORPORATES ONLINE SYSTEM FOR AFTER HOURS VARIANCE RENEWALS

Contractors may now renew After-Hours Variance (AHV) permits online.  The new system allows users to obtain an immediate AHV renewal, including work that will start on the same day.

To file renewals online simply fill out an online form, pay by credit card and print the new AHV permit.  

Users must be registered in eFiling as a contractor to be eligible to use this service.  If you are already registered in eFiling, your account will automatically be enabled to renew AHVs online.

Visit nyc.gov/buildings for additional information about online AHV renewals, including how to register for eFiling.

CONSTRUCTION COSTS IN NYC ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION

Construction costs in New York City are rising again, following a recession-driven drop in 2009, according to a review of several surveys by the New York Building Congress. 

Construction costs jumped as much as 2.68% last year and are on track to rise as much as 2.86% this quarter.  Labor rates in city projects account for up to 60% of building expenses.

“After years of relentless cost escalation, New York City experienced a bit of a respite in 2009 as a result of the economic downturn,” said Building Congress President Richard T. Anderson. “Unfortunately, this data confirms what we suspected in our September cost report: New York has given back most of those cost declines.”

The Building Congress also found that New York City construction workers continue to earn considerably higher wages and benefit packages than their counterparts in other major U.S. cities.

“They're just a large proportion of project costs,” said Mr. Anderson. “The cost of unionized workers in the city is superior to any other city in the U.S.” He noted that even as construction costs dropped in 2009, the cost of unionized workers didn't decrease because they were working under existing contracts.

Anderson concluded, “To secure and continue New York’s position as an important economic engine locally, nationally and globally, and help jumpstart stalled projects in all five boroughs, measures to control and reduce overall costs are needed.”

2011 MEMORIAL MASS

BTEA LEADERSHIP DINNER




NEW SAFETY CLASS SCHEDULE

The BTEA is offering new safety courses for the spring and summer of 2011.

Construction Safety Classes Spring 2011 Schedule