Why Build Union?

When it comes to getting the most from your construction or development dollar, there is no need to look any further than the Niagara County Building Trades, which consists of 18 individual craft unions that combine to represent more than 10,000 highly-trained- and -skilled construction workers across Western New York.

Bringing in your project on time and under budget are synonymous with the Niagara County Building Trades, whose positive track record of working with a project developer, construction owner, governmental entities and school boards is no longer the area's best kept secret. Our top-notch training programs keep our

members on the top of their game. Our beneficial labor agreements have and are continuing to save money for those we are associated with, and our commitment to raising the level of involving local workers, women and minorities on local projects is second to none.

Those decision-makers who have ignored the stereotype associated with union labor are reaping the benefits and have become the Building Trades' best spokespeople when it comes to asking the question,Why not build union? For your answer, just ask the Lackawanna School Board, the Buffalo Board of Education, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute Project in downtown's Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus what the Niagara County Building Trades has done and is doing for them. We think you'll be more than pleased to find out why and take the next step to learn how we can help you and your specific project.

So why not take the time to find out what you're missing out on. Building Trades President Clyde Johnston can be reached at (716) 434-3327.

We look forward to the opportunity of showing you what we can do for your project and how building union can and will benefit your group in the time to come.

Unfortunately, many project owners find out too late when it comes to determining who and what a responsible contractor is. Without an effective screening process, serious problems can occur, including cost overruns, schedule delays and defective or inferior work. It can leave many owners not only scratching their heads, but kicking themselves for not taking the time to find out what they should have known before they've hired the lowest bidder on their project.

The Building Trades works with local owners in a consulting capacity that shows them how to stop a potential problem before it becomes one. Determining accountability and financial reasonability, obtaining documentation from previous projects, including timeliness of performance, worker safety records, quality of work and history of fines, penalties and liens, is some of the information an owner must have before important and costly decisions are made. In the end, this plan of action works to provide better results than just taking someone's word for it.

Having the Niagara County Building Trades become a member of your team not only means having the best qualified and trained workers on your project, but affords you a wealth of information on the industry that you may not have a good grasp on, and a road map of experience that will make your project an even better experience than first thought.

For example, several Western New York governmental entities are currently considering adopting Lowest Responsible Bidder Language, which would be inserted into their construction bid specs. After meeting with representatives of the Buffalo Building Trades Council, the towns of Cheektowaga and Hamburg recently adopted such a procedure after learning its worth.

The Niagara County Building Trades and its member unions look to work with a project owner in order to build a positive labor-management relationship that both may benefit from. That means bringing to the table an array of labor agreements and components that work to save the owner time and money on their project.

For example, these agreements can eliminate work stoppages and shift differentials, and provide the high level of female and minority workers that are required on many projects that receive state and federal assistance.

These beneficial agreements also work to keep a project on time and under budget, and ensures your project is afforded seasoned and highly-skilled craftsmen and women who get the job done right the first time.

For example, a labor agreement negotiated with the Lackawanna School Board on its new $19 million Martin Road Elementary School saved the district $1 million. The project was also brought in on time and under budget. In fact, news of the benefits of these agreements has spread so fast that unbeknownst to the Trades Council, the decision-makers at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital opted to build union without even contacting the Building Trades. We think that decision speaks for itself.

The Building Trades can help you make your project the best it can be. Take the time to schedule a meeting with our representatives to learn more. We're sure you won't be disappointed.

More than 90% of all state-approved construction training programs across New York are operated by Building Trades Unions. Why? Because organized labor is committed to providing the local construction community with nothing but the best when its comes to a highly-skilled- and -trained workforce. That's why our members get the job done right the first time.

Each of the 18-member unions of the Niagara County Building Trades offers apprentice and continued journeyman training to its members. Keeping our membership up-to-date on what they need to do their job translates into savings for project owners and developers. We've also made a commitment to the minority community by operating a training center in the City of Buffalo to prepare both minorities and women for careers - not jobs - in local construction.

By working with the Trades Council, many owners have avoided the problem of getting stung by unscrupulous contractors who employ undocumented workers or bring in out-of-town workers. The Trades Council has worked to expose this problem on worksites across the area. In the end, many project owners have had to pay twice to get their work done right after a contractor who uses these tactics is removed. It is only then that sub-standard work is exposed and one finds out what they're not getting for the dollar they're paying.

Safety on the job is also very important to the Building Trades unions, who require our members to take OSHA-approved safety courses. With rising insurance costs, it does an owner no good to have a worker injured on the job. Knowing you're working with a trained Building Trades craftsperson removes such a roll of the dice, and in the long run, saves an owner money.

Knowing what you're getting is extremely important these days. So why take a chance on rolling dice? We can show you how you can require apprenticeship training programs in language contained in your construction bids that will weed out those who would take advantage of your investment. Contact the Building Trades and get a better handle on what you're getting for your development dollar.

Some of the Major Western New York Construction Projects the Niagara County Building Trades Has Been Associated With:

Niagara County

*Niagara Falls Bridge Commission 5365 Military - Lewiston
*Our Lady of Peace – Mount St. Mary’s Nursing Care Residence
*Niagara University – Bisgrove Hall Academic Complex
*Niagara University Senior Dorms
*Niagara Falls Border Crossing
*Crown Plaza – Niagara Falls – renovations
*Seneca Niagara Casino
*Old Falls Street – renovations
*Niagara Street School
*Niagara Falls High School
*Sam’s Club
*Wal-Mart
*Niagara Falls Transportation Center
*Niagara Falls Outlet Mall – renovations
*Wegman’s – Military Road – Niagara Falls
*Tim Horton’s
*Niagara Falls Memorial Heart Center
*Michael C. O’Laughlin Municipal Water Plant

Erie County

* Buffalo's $1 Billion Schools Improvement Project
* Various Projects in the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
* Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Expansion Project
* The Buffalo Niagara International Airport
* The New Erie County Courthouse
* Lackawanna's new Martin Road Elementary School
* The HSBC Arena, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres
* Lackawanna's Canfibre Fibreboard Plant In Lackawanna
* WNED-TV/Channel 17 Headquarters
* Buffalo's Vincent Grabiarz School Of Excellence
* Key Center In Downtown Buffalo
* The Walden Galleria's Anchor Tenants
* The Peace Bridge
* Dunn Tire Park In Downtown Buffalo
* The University At Buffalo's Football Stadium
* Erie Community College/Burt Flickinger Athletic Center
* Ralph C. Wilson Stadium In Orchard Park
* The Buffalo News Building and its New Press Project
* Buffalo's Light Rapid Rail System
* The Lodge At Darien Lake
* The Majority Of Western New York's Highways, Roads And Bridges
* The Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Expansion and Renovation Project
* The Outokumpu American Brass Co-Generation Plan

The Niagara County Building Trades is comprised of the following individual member unions:

* Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, Local #4
* International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local #7
* Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local #3
* Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters, Local #289
* Cement Masons, Local #111
* International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #41
* International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local #14
* International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local #6
* Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights Local #1163
* International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #17
* IUPAT Painters District Council #4 & Glaziers, Architectural Metal & Glassworkers, Local #660
* Plasterers, Local #9
* U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local Union #22
* United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local #74
* Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local #71
* Road Sprinklerfitters, U.A., Local Union #669
* Teamsters, Local #449

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