Formally, Thruway Authority approves Tappan Zee labor agreement


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.”


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  1. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    Illegally Act By ” Vested and Conflicts of Interests Under Law” by The ( apparently ) elected representatives of ( Friends and Accquaintances) benefiting back pockets and Cuts!

    The Height of Corrupt Practices and “corruption” in broad day light! Somebody! Tell Neil about it!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

  2. Now Now:

    Here is an example of a cooperative agreement between business billionaires and labor to “save” $452 Million and to keep good taxpaying middle class jobs here in NY instead of subcontracting out to foreign firms who intend to hire the cheapest labor and possible cause injury or death because workers are not trained or supervised by experience managers.

    Of course one has to see if amended contracts eventually eat up any savings because contractors bid really low knowing that “unforeseen construction costs” such as rain or winter will drive up the cost to what they originally wanted anyway . It happens everyday in all construction deals one way or another.

    But hey, politicians can pose for photo ops now !!