JUNE 26, 2012
TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE PLA AGREEMENT REACHED
The New York State Thruway Authority and currently 25 labor unions have announced that they have agreed to terms on a project labor agreement (PLA) for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. According to the parties to this agreement, the PLA would save New York taxpayers approximately $452 million and provide thousands of construction jobs.
This plan would allow for the employment of union members in the Hudson Valley and New York City metropolitan area and would include a mechanism to settle jurisdictional disputes through a grievance process. Lock out or other work disruptions including renegotiations of collective bargaining agreements would not be allowed. Other terms of the PLA plan include a 40 hour straight time work week, flexibility to schedule 10 hour work days, a higher ratio of apprentices to journeypersons than usually allowed in collective bargaining agreements and standardized holidays.
The PLA is subject to approval by the Federal Highway Administration the New York State Thruway board of directors.
SAFETY COMMITTEE HEARS INTERIM REPORT ON CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES
The BTEA Safety Committee recently heard a presentation from Mitch Konca from the Manhattan Office of OSHA on 2012 trends in construction fatalities.
According to Mr. Konca, OSHA had recorded a total of nine (9) construction fatalities in New York City since January, 2012. Of these nine fatalities, six were from “falls”. In addition, six of the documented fatalities occurred at non union worksites with the remaining three at union sites. (Note: A tenth construction fatality was recorded on June 21 as a result of a “trench collapse” at a construction site on Staten Island.)
BTEA SAFETY COMMITTEE ISSUES A CALL FOR 2012 SAFETY CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
BTEA Safety Committee Chairman Jeff Hutchens has announced that the BTEA has issued a “Call for Presentations” for the 2012 BTEA Safety Conference scheduled for November 20, 2012. The conference theme is “Raising the Bar: Enhancing Construction Safety in New York City”. Potential presenters should complete a form found on the BTEA’s website and include a brief description of the presentation topic and a biography. Presentations arriving at the BTEA no later than August 1, 2012 will be considered.
For more information regarding this “Call for Presentations”, please contact Carol Karlin at the BTEA by phone at 212-704-9745 or by e mail at Ckarlin@bteany.com.