(From left to right: Chair of the Labor Committee Assemblywoman Michele Titus, NRCC Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne, and NRCC Director of Policy & Planning Michael Cinquanti)
Here at the NRCC we realize the importance of protecting the integrity of the construction industry. We understand that the future of the industry is heavily impacted by the actions of our policy makers.Our goal is to keep the bidding systems competitive by advocating for a level playing field for all workers and contractors. For that reason, it is important that our members remain active and vocal about the policy decisions that not only impact our work place but our livelihood as well.
To ensure that the industry remains competitive in both New York and New Jersey our leadership is active and present in state politics to advocate on behalf of our members. Last Tuesday the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the New York City District Council of Carpenters teamed up to host a joint New York state Lobby Day.
During this event leadership from both councils met with members from the New York state legislature to ensure that they support and advocate for the issues that matter to our members.The leadership met with policy makers throughout the day to educate the legislators on the significance of 1099 enforcement, Davis-Bacon protections, pre apprenticeship programs, and responsible bidding language. In the state of New York union carpenters voices are being heard, not only are we influencing policy decisions but we are actively shaping our future in the construction industry and creating more work opportunities for our members.