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Reason To Be Optimistic

Fall is the time when we should be assessing this year’s progress and planning ahead for next year. But as we all know, 2020 has been unlike any other and right now how next year will progress can only be “guesstimated.”

Yet, as uncertain as the future is as we continue to endure COVID-19 there is reason to be optimistic. Even though we are presently experiencing the predicted second round of the virus and we are still fighting its effects, the resiliency of New York City has held.

While much slower to come to fruition, there are still major projects opening up. Additionally, most of us have used flexibility and creativity to cope with the distress we’ve been facing. Much of this can be incorporated into planning and operating as we move forward. We are not only flexible; we are adaptable and that is a very positive element in business success. Our own experience here at our association is an example: Even though for safety we have been conducting most of our work online during the emergency, I’ve been able to attend and participate in all of my trustee meetings virtually. Additionally, during this time I’m pleased to report

WC&C has successfully negotiated a new contract with Local 1974.

We’ve found that remote working is not only possible, it can be helpful. While we don’t meet in person, we get the job done and networking is doable for us to share ideas and suggestions. In fact, we’ve been able to schedule our 2022 WC&C Convention at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. Details on that will come at a later time.

Looking forward, we applaud optimism being generated through a new city Community Hiring Economic Justice Plan which includes new Project Labor Agreements with building trades unions that will drive economic recovery in disadvantaged communities and address economic disparities exacerbated by COVID-19. The program will connect low-income New Yorkers and those

in economically disadvantaged communities with opportunities for good jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. As Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York said “this is a truly historic and transformative moment for our city.”

Prospects look bright as we struggle to work through this crazy time.

Please be safe and have a very happy and joyous holiday season.

— John


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