Buffalo’s Common Council ‘Reforms’ The City’s Apprentice Law - Leadership ‘Acts To Bolster’ Construction Opportunities For Young Workers
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is publicly thanking the City of Buffalo and its Common Council, which voted unanimously earlier this week to strengthen the City’s Apprentice Law.
The NYFFC praised City Officials for continuing to be statewide leaders on providing Apprentice opportunities.
The leadership of the Common Council, which kept a spotlight on upholding a promise made to young Workers, has made such progress possible, NYFFC Officials added.
“We look forward to a busy and productive construction season with this important legislation on the books,” said NYFFC Director Matt Kent, who heads the watchdog non-profit that was established to level the playing field in public works construction for the benefit of taxpayers, upstanding contractors and Workers.
The purpose of Buffalo’s Apprentice Law is to ensure taxpayer-funded construction in the City creates opportunity and job training for young people, city residents, and historically excluded Minority and Women Workers.
Robust and well-regulated Apprenticeship Programs promote a strong local construction industry, emphasize skilled work, and foster safe working conditions, NYFFC Officials said.
Strong Apprenticeship Programs also provide an on-ramp to fulfilling careers and are vital to train the next generation of Buffalo’s Construction Workforce.
The reform harmonizes City of Buffalo and Erie County requirements for legitimate programs which graduate Apprentices, creating uniformity for the local construction industry, the NYFFC said.
In recent years, the NYFFC has identified several City construction contractors who have violated the law.
The new reform expands enforcement mechanisms available to the City when contractors unlawfully deny Apprentices opportunities to perform public work.
The City would be empowered to apply financial penalties, debarment or determinations of non-responsibility for violating contractors - all steps that ensure bad actors do not become repeat actors, the NYFFC said.
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