BTEA PUNCHLIST
MAY 10, 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.
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE

NO WORK AND ALL PAY AT GROUND ZERO

BTEA

 The Daily News on May 8, 2011 covered two stories about the non-productive jobs of the Operating Engineers Local #14 and #15.

The articles focused on how much each of these jobs make a year and how much these jobs will cost over the next 3 years at the WTC site.

Crane workers collect up to $400K a year each for dozens of phantom jobs at Ground Zero site - May 8, 2011

No-work and all pay at Ground Zero as rebuilding costs up $96 million under lax union rules - May 8, 2011


REBNY WORKING WITH THE BUILDING AND
CONSTRUCTION TRADES ON MANHATTAN INTERIOR PLA

The Real Estate Board of NY has started negotiating with Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of NY, on a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to cover interior work being done in Manhattan.

REBNY working on Manhattan interior-construction project labor agreement - May 7, 2011

AGREEMENT IS REACHED

The Association of Master Painters & Decorators of NY and the Painters D.C. #9 have reached a 4 year contract agreement.  Below are some of the key details included in the agreement:

Contract Duration:            May 1, 2011 - April 30, 2015

Wages & Benefits:

  • 1 year wage freeze.
  • 1.9% weighted average increase over 4 year period.
  • 20% reduction in payroll costs of wages and benefits for non-Manhattan commercial work (similar reduction for residential work through previously negotiated PLA)
  • Currently seeking PLA with REBNY for Manhattan interior work to be enacted by May 2013 for 17% to 20% cost reduction through wage/benefits and work rule changes.  Failure to execute the PLA will result in the employers to contribute an additional $.50 each for May 2013 and May 2014. 
  • Overtime calculation reduced to straight time plus ½ the annuity plus ½ the vacation rate - estimated 20% reduction.
  • The union is required to reduce the current healthcare costs by 10% over the course of the 4 year contract - approximately $4.4 million. 
  • No future employer contributions to health benefit funds from May 2012 to May 2014 funding a union responsibility.
  • No additional employer contributions into pension fund over 4 years.
  • Security checks will be at employers’ expense.
  • No overtime for shift work on Manhattan interior work

Work Rules & Related Issues:

  • Flexible starting times between 6 AM - 9 AM.
  • Elimination of hiring hall.
  • Free use of tools.
  • No restrictions on type of work apprentices can perform.
  • Security background checks.
  • Random drug and alcohol testing paid for by the employer.
  • Adoption of top work place performance plan to retrain unqualified or unproductive employees.  After 3 bad evaluations the employee can be removed from the union.
  • Working Shop and Job Stewards must be qualified and productive.  May be removed after 24 hour joint hearing.

The Association and the Union are currently attempting to negotiate a PLA with REBNY.

Painters union comes to agreement on work rule changes and wages - May 5, 2011

NEW INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS


The NYC Department of Buildings has published a new rule that will change insurance requirements; including general liability, workers’ compensation, and disability benefits insurance on permittees performing construction and demolition work.

The new rule will go into effect on June 13, 2011 and proof of the new project specific insurance requirements will be needed when pulling a permit.

To view which category your company is in for the new insurance requirements please click on the link, http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/new_permittee_insurance_req.pdf.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FDNY CERTIFICATIONS UPDATED

Over the past several months, the Fire Department of NY Public Certification Unit has reviewed with representatives of the NY Fire Safety Academy the Certificate of Fitness for Torch Operations (G95) and Fire Guard (F93) updating the material and requirements.

These updates have included numerous changes from previous editions and certification tests. Based on the changes in fire code and procedures, beginning July 1, 2011, the FDNY will now require holders of these certificates of fitness to retake these tests in order to renew expiring certificates.

Current holders of G-95 and F-93 will not have their C of F renewed and must take the new test G-60 and F-60 respectively.  Applicants are advised to thoroughly read the Study booklet before taking any test.

Study guide materials will be available May 9, 2011 and the certification test June 1, 2011.

Study guide materials for these certifications can be found: http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/c_of_f/coff.shtml.