Statement on Erie County Legislature’s Decision to Postpone Lake Ave Reconstruction Project Award

Matt NYFFC

For Immediate Release Contact Matt Kent mkent@nyfaircontracting.org 716.261.7071 The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (“NYFFC”) appreciates the Erie County Legislature’s decision to table yesterday’s Economic Development Committee vote on awarding the Lake Avenue Reconstruction Project contract to Zoladz Construction.  The NYFFC filed a bid protest with Erie County questioning the responsibility of Zoladz Construction. In 2017, Zoladz settled a …

2019 Budget Fails to Close the “Public Works” Loophole

Matt NYFFC

Opponents of commonsense reform mislead with false cost figures For Immediate Release Contact Matt Kent mkent@nyfaircontracting.org 716.261.7071 Last night, state leaders reached a budget agreement for fiscal year 2019 which unfortunately fails to include the proper definition of public works. Properly defining public works is a commonsense reform to apply anti-corruption protections and family-supporting prevailing wages to all construction projects …

Press Release

Matt NYFFC

Taxpayer and Worker Advocates Laud Progress as Senate and Assembly Budgets Close the “Public Works” Loophole Governor Cuomo has signaled support for taxpayer-funded construction reform For Immediate ReleaseContact Matt Kentmkent@nyfaircontracting.org716.261.7071 March 13, 2019 – ALBANY, NY – Yesterday, the New York State Senate and Assembly released their 2019 budget plans, which include the proper definition of “public works” – thus …

Did Repealing Indiana’s Prevailing Wage Law Work? (It Didn’t)

Matt NYFFC

Nick Dmitrovich October 12, 2018 A few weeks ago, Indiana passed the third anniversary mark since state legislators repealed the common construction wage law. Back in July of 2015, when the repeal went into effect, the intent was to provide financial relief for taxpayer-funded projects by reducing costs associated with construction wages. At the time, former Governor Mike Pence, a …

Contractors pegged in alleged $6M fraud (CA)

Matt NYFFC

By Kim Slowey Nov. 2, 2018 Dive Brief: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced fraud and other charges against two siblings who run a Los Angeles construction company, claiming the two are responsible for at least $6 million in losses to the State Compensation Insurance Fund. One charge alone allegedly resulted in a $500,000 loss to …

Buffalo News: Contractor charged with lying about being a minority/women-owned business

Matt NYFFC

By Aaron Besecker in the Buffalo News A contractor has been charged with two felonies after claiming to be a state-certified minority or women-owned business when bidding on a project in Ellicottville, according to police. Bradley Kyler, 30, owner of Bucket Pro LLC, submitted a bid to the Village of Ellicottville engineer stating that his business had that state certification, Ellicottville …

Workers cheated as federal contractors prosper

Matt NYFFC

By Talia Buford and Maryam Jameel for The Center for Public Integrity For 11 years, Karla Quezada assembled sandwiches at the Subway in the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, a sprawling complex in downtown Washington, D.C., owned by the U.S. General Services Administration. She routinely worked more than 40 hours a week, with no overtime pay. …

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week in NY and Nationwide

Matt NYFFC

Get to Know Your Local Unions During National Apprenticeship Week By Spectrum News Staff, Rochester Monroe County and UNiCON Rochester have teamed up to support local workforce development in honor of National Apprenticeship Week. In the Greater Rochester area, there are 15 local building and construction trade unions that provide apprenticeships where people receive classroom and on-the-job experience.  It’s something that Dave Young, the …

Providing A ‘Level Playing Field’ For Workers, Public Bodies, Business Owners & Taxpayers To Ensure ‘All’ Benefit

Matt NYFFC

Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell (HAMBURG, NEW YORK) – Fear – in a word, according to representatives of the non-profit New York Foundation For Fair Contracting, is holding back many Non-Union Construction Workers from reporting wage theft or unsafe working conditions. That’s because they don’t know where to go for help when it comes to being cheated out of their wages and their fringe benefits. And just how would they ever …

US prosecutors target construction firms that “institutionalise theft” from their own workers

Josh Lucas NYFFC

A recent spate of criminal prosecutions in New York and California against builders who don’t pay their workers the agreed wage suggests a hardening mood against corporate graft in the country. In one case, a luxury home-builder in Manhattan has been charged with stealing more than $1.7m from 500 workers through payroll tricks. Previously, failure to pay the correct wage …