The use of nonunion labor for the construction of "affordable" housing could serve as a remedy to the skyrocketing construction costs that are slowing development in New York City, the Manhattan Institute says.
Report Urges Nonunion Labor Use
In a 40-page report examining the reasons for soaring construction costs, which have been rising 10% annually, the think tank says efforts by construction unions to impose a "prevailing wage" at affordable housing construction sites result in "further costs by requiring developers to prove that they are in compliance with the law."
A spokeswoman for the city's Economic Development Corp., Janel Patterson, said: "The city is engaged in a study looking at the escalating costs of construction, and analyzing a broad set of potential cost drivers. We are working now to develop actionable strategies moving forward."
Well, now there's a non-committed answer. The Manhattan Institute is the think tank behind major NYC policy since the Giuliani Administration. Now aren't you union bosses glad you guys stabbed your brothers in the back and selfishly supported un-American eminent domain activities at Willets Point and Atlantic Yards? Our sanctuary city now has no choice but to go cheapo and hire illegals or else these projects won't get built. Great job.