In itself, this is a positive step forward that the state should not hesitate to enter into force. I have repeatedly supported such a system because it would streamline the process by which critical repairs are made at NYCHA. But there is a catch: it will probably be accompanied by a project employment contract (PLA) that would mitigate any gain. „For years, New York union companies have prioritized expanding access, equity and opportunities in neighborhoods across the city,“ Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council, said in a statement. „We look forward to building on this commitment and working directly with the administration to ensure that all New Yorkers – especially those in underserved communities – have access not only to our extraordinary union training and direct entry programs, but also to the tens of thousands of middle-class careers that this agreement will create.“ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York have agreed on a new employment contract for workers in some city-funded construction projects, as well as municipal renovation projects. PLA agreements are an unrepresented tax. Employees of non-union companies pay taxes to finance these projects. It is unconstitutional to be excluded from the possibility of entering. Most PLA projects are covered by the dominant wage price guidelines, so the argument of using cheap labour has no value. In addition to painting all non-union entrepreneurs as thieves and without concern for security, there is only more senseless propaganda from trade unions. Wake up guys, you lose limbs every day! In addition, the entry into a PLA would put aside the efforts of NYCHA President Shola Olatoye, who recently deplored the negative effects of such agreements on the Authority – particularly in terms of costs – and would show that, despite the rhetoric, New York is required to act as usual.
Since the announcement of the agreement, the Citizens` Budget Committee (CBC) has not been aware of the results and the extent to which these benefits have been realized. Given the many problems associated with NYCHA`s repair and capital programs, it is particularly important to determine the impact of the ALP on NYCHA`s finances, operations and residents before deciding whether a renewal or modification is appropriate.