December 22, 2011

NEW YORK CITY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES DOWNWARD TREND IN 2011

According to statistics recently released by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), construction employment in New York City continued to trend downward over the past year.  Job losses in construction in New York City totaled 4,900 jobs in 2011.  This was the second largest job sector decrease in New York City following the Information sector.  While the local construction industry continued to lose jobs, overall employment in New York City’s private sector increased by 23,500 jobs over the last year.

Overall, the New York City unemployment rate stood at 8.9 percent in November, 2011.

 

CONCRETE WASHOUT BILL IS PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL

The New York City Council recently passed Intro 576-A which amends the New York City Building Code prohibiting concrete washout water from sewers and catch basins. According to this legislation, rinsing and wastewater containers must be located at least 30 feet from sewers.  This law also mandates that wastewater from concrete mixer trucks be treated on sight or returned to the manufacturing plant for further treatment.

This law will take effect on July 1, 2012.

 

CORNELL WINS TECH CAMPUS BID

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that Cornell University has won the competition to build a $2 billion applied sciences school on Roosevelt Island.  Cornell is teaming up with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for the development of this school.  While the new Roosevelt Island facilities are under construction, Cornell and Technion are expected to start up a new campus in 2012 in leased space or local facilities already owned by Cornell.  This project is expected to create upwards of 20,000 jobs.

 

BTEA TO CONTINUE TO OFFER SUBSIDIZEDTRAINING UNDER GRANT FROM THE CONSORTIUM FOR WORKER EDUCATION

The BTEA continues to offer education and training services to its members through an “Incumbent Workers” grant funded by the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE).  The grant is intended to provide programs and classes in areas such as management and safety training for BTEA member associations and their contractors at little or no cost.

In addition to safety classes offered through Total Safety Consulting, the BTEA is also offering safety training classes through the New York City College of Technolgy/Division of Continuing Education located at 25 Chapel Street in Brooklyn.

Among the classes that BTEA members can enroll in at the New York City College of Technology in the coming month are the following:

  • 4 Hour NYC DOB Supported Scaffold
    Saturday, January 14, 2012:  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Saturday, January 14, 2012:  1:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m.

  • 30 Hour NYC DOB Concrete Safety Manager
    Saturdays, January 7- 28, 2012:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • 8 Hour EPA Lead RRP
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
    Wednesday, February 8, 2012:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • 40 Hour OSHA Hazwoper
    Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 2:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • 16 Hour NYC DOB Suspended Scaffold
    Friday, February 3 - Saturday, February 4, 2012:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In most cases, participation in these courses will be free for BTEA members. However, a $50 deposit will be required, returnable upon successful completion of the course. BTEA member associations and/or their contractors should contact Mr. Anthony Ruvio of the New York City College of Technology by phone at 718-552-1117 or by e-mail at aruvio@citytech.cuny.edu for further information or to register for these courses. Please identify yourself as a BTEA member to get consideration for free enrollment in these courses.

 

BTEA OFFICES TO CLOSE ON DECEMBER 26 AND JANUARY 2

In observance of the upcoming holidays, the BTEA’s offices will be closed on December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012.