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December 5, 2019

     Should your contract documents include design delegation responsibilities, be aware of the rules and risks surrounding this practice. Competing for a project is challenging enough after reviewing hundreds of pages of specifications, plans and site specific criteria you are bound to, in addition to what you have already signed up for. That’s when the fun begins once you have been awarded the project. When assuming design delegation responsibilities it is important to protect yourself...

August 14, 2019

     After numerous meetings over the past two years, we have finally came to an agreement for a five year term with the New York City District Council of Carpenters.  It’s not uncommon as you grind through negotiations, communication on both sides can get extremely tense.  With that being said the passion and commitment by all parties involved to strike a deal was clearly evident.  I applaud the leadership at the New York City District Council of Carpenters for taking bold steps to help mitigat...

May 20, 2019

The history of carpentry dates back to 4,000 B.C. where the first signs of carpentry appeared in the Stone Age. Over time, carpentry has evolved into an essential skilled trade that has been used to create everything from art to architecture. From simple woodcutting to modern-day construction, carpenters have played a major role in building the world’s most prominent infrastructure. Even as technology continues to change, carpentry will continue to be one of the most vital of the skilled trades....

March 1, 2019

     The longest ever shutdown of the U.S. government ended when both the Senate and the House approved a measure to temporarily reopen the federal government. But the five-week partia government shutdown cost the U.S. economy about $3 billion in forgone economic activity that won’t be recovered.


     Meanwhile, much is being discussed with regard to the U.S. and China seeking a resolution to the ongoing trade war. With representatives meeting, observers seem optimistic a...

December 18, 2018

     Across the world, a surge of allegations is exposing the full extent of sexual harassment in everyday life. Entire industries now have to take a hard look at themselves

to assess the scale of the issue, and construction is no exception. Most recent revelations of workplace sexual misconduct have come from high-profile industries: movies, TV news, professional sports, performing arts, high-tech, and electoral politics, among others. But sexual harassment is just as common on many bl...

August 8, 2018

     Whether it’s a local association, a national association or even an international association such as the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI), getting involved in your industry through ties with a construction related association can benefit you personally and bring value to your organization.


     Meeting with your peers on a monthly, quarterly or even bi-annually basis keeps you

informed on trends in our industry as well as educational semi...

May 10, 2018

            Contrary to the efforts in Washington D.C. to relax regulations that are choking small business owners, I am not sure the message is getting to our industry and market here in New York.


            Be advised that the New York City Local Law 204 goes into effect next month.  The highlights of chapter 33 of the New York City building code new section 3301.12 are as follows.  Each permit holder at a si...

February 26, 2018

     Congress has passed the largest piece of tax reform legislation in more than three decades. As always, the devil is in the details. As the federal and state tax codes are amended to conform to the new legislation, time will tell to measure if there will be a positive impact to individual, corporations and the overall economy as experienced in the roaring 80’s. Only one could hope!

     Locally, we have hammered out the details in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 1974...

November 17, 2017

As we continue our negotiations with the New York City District Council of Carpenters our objective is simple.  Find a common ground to combat the erosion of union market share in New York City and the surrounding boroughs. Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements is seldom simple and often a long drawn process. 

The current atmosphere between the building trades, owners and developers along with construction managers, general contractors as well as numerous private institutions, has had...

August 30, 2017

When I would engage with my peers around the country with my involvement with AWCI, some of the fiercest conversations I’ve had were with non-signatory contractors.  Some of whom I developed a personal relationship, as we discussed common interests in our industry.  A question I was often asked was, “Why are you a union contractor?”

My answer was simple.  Island Acoustics was founded in 1969 with the founding partners having a rich history in carpentry and plastering working as union tradesm...

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