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DOT slapped down for union deal

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Well, I never. I mean, when the state Department of Transportation last year decided that a construction project down in Orange County should be reserved for union labor, in deference to the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, and when the state comptroller, after some initial reservations, upheld the arrangement, I never suspected that someday a court would overturn it. I knew that the low bidder on the project, Lancaster Development of Schoharie, was ...

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USSKojak
March 4, 2012
8:31 a.m.

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What a load, Strock. The unions have and still are destroying this State and this Country. No one is buying 4Mill more for a union job saves ANYTHING except cushy corruption for the bosses.

JJF
March 4, 2012
12:56 p.m.

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Carl,

The "fix" is always in at DOT. However, the appointees in leadership positions only do what the 2nd Floor tells them to do.

Tis the same at every agency. The little people, who know the business, may raise their hands once with a question at great risk, and quickly learn to never do that again.

rpterry
March 4, 2012
1:37 p.m.

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Why do you cheer more and more people being paid less and less with fewer if any benefits? Do non- union employers pay more? Schenectady was a leading edge place when unionized well paid workers filled the city. Now its dominated by low wage earners.

mstella
March 7, 2012
3:23 p.m.

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Bad decision by the judge. Not because he said the PLA wasn't warranted, but because he declared the current contract null and void. That means the current contractor would have to give back the millions of dollars they've already been paid. It's ridiculous and would likely bankrupt them and many of their subs and supplers. It basically forces the State to appeal the decision.

There was a similar situation with an OGS emergency contract a few years back and it took an act of the legislature to allow the contarctor to keep what they'd been paid for work done satisfactorily and in good faith.

The judge should instead have ordered that the current contract be terminated and avoided putting everyone in an impossible position.

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