The Labor Law Compliance Division (LLC) of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) enforces labor laws and contractual obligations that require construction workers on SCA projects to be paid legally required prevailing wages and benefits for their individual trade classification (i.e. Carpenter, Electrician, Plumber, etc.). In addition, the LLC ensures that SCA contractors’ pay their construction employees legally required wages and benefits for their individual trade classification when employed on contracts subject to an SCA Project Labor Agreement (PLA).
Prevailing wage is the wage and fringe benefit rate set annually by the New York City Comptroller for each trade or occupation for covered employees of contractors performing public works projects for New York City government agencies. Prevailing wage rates for construction, replacement, maintenance and repair work on New York City schools and other public works projects are contained in the Comptroller’s Labor Law Article 8 Construction Worker schedules (https://comptroller.nyc.gov/services/for-the-public/prevailing-wage/wage-schedules/). In nearly all cases, the wage rates for these public work projects are those established by collective bargaining agreements between trade unions and employers where the project is located. The prevailing rate is different for each trade, and is based on the work that the individual actually performs on the job, not the occupation title. For example, if the individual is doing the work of a "Carpenter", the individual must receive the appropriate prevailing wage for a "Carpenter", even if the contractor incorrectly lists that worker as a "Laborer" or a “Mason Tender”.
A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project. The SCA has entered into PLAs with the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) for specified construction work in Fiscal Years 2010-2014, 2015-2019 (further extended to part of 2020) and 2021-2025. The PLA is an agreement by the SCA with the construction trades that all contractors must agree to as part of a responsive bid. Subcontractors to be used by prime contractors on an SCA contract must also agree to the terms of the PLA to be approved. The SCA’s Labor Law Compliance Division enforces the terms and conditions of the PLA with respect to employee wages, benefits, and the use of union labor.
on SCA sites must be registered with the NYS Department of Labor and must comply with NYS established ratios to ensure safety, training and supervision. A ratio establishes the number of journey workers required for each apprentice in a program and on a job site.
The LLC works closely with the SCA Office of the Inspector General (OIG), New York State Department of Labor, the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York, the District Attorneys of New York City, the United States Department of Labor, the United States Attorney General and other entities and agencies to ensure compliance with these legal and contractual requirements. Innovative language in SCA contracts requires that the contractor assume the cost of any investigation conducted by or on behalf of the SCA which discovers a failure to pay the prevailing wage by either the contractor or the subcontractor.
The SCA maintains a HOTLINE telephone number for inquiries and complaints regarding the failure of a contractor or subcontractor to comply with the requirement to pay the prevailing wage pursuant to Labor Law 220 or the terms of the SCA PLA.
Individual workers, contractors, subcontractors, trade unions, and any other interested party may contact the SCA's Labor Law Compliance Unit at:
Labor Law Compliance Unit
NYC School Construction Authority
30-30 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
E-mail: Labor Law
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