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Each year the Association throws a formal gala to pay tribute to the achievements of a “Contractor of the Year” and a “Union Official of the Year” who have contributed to the advancement of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. I think this honor highlights that despite the different paths one can take to be successful in our business, there is often a common theme to each person’s story. That common theme is loyalty.
Michael Cavanaugh, a 2016 Honoree, held various leadership positions in his local union and fought on union members’ behalves to have access to benefits such as health care and retirement plans. His loyalty to his union brothers and sisters has earned him respect in the industry and the admiration people have for him is due to the respect he always showed others. Read More
New York City’s market share battle between union contractors and merit shop contractors is intensifying as our market continues to see a building boom. As construction costs have increased, many high profile developers are turning toward merit shop contractors to provide contracting services for as much as a 35-40% savings against the traditional union contractor. The appeal of union labor has been contractors providing efficient, skilled and quality work along with an experienced work force trained with safety practices. Unfortunately the financial advantages offered by merit shop contractors is outweighing the historical advantages enjoyed by using skilled union labor. Read More
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