The state Thruway Authority took the formal step of approving a project-labor agreement for a replacement to the Tappan Zee Bridge, unanimously voting today to accept the deal.
The state has touted the agreement with 14 major trade unions, saying it would save about $452 million through union concessions (and a pledge not to strike) for the estimated $5 billion Tappan Zee project. Bids for the project are due on July 27.
“Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge represents one of the largest public infrastructure projects in the nation, and the agreement reached today will allow thousands of New York’s working men and women to secure good jobs building a new, safer bridge,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement in June, when the deal was initially struck.
Business lobby groups, however, weren’t pleased.
“It is very clear where we stand on the subject of” project-labor agreements, Unshackle Upstate wrote. “They only add to the cost of construction projects and eliminate a significant portion of merit shop contractors from competing for the work.”