Statement by Real Estate Board of New York President John Banks on New York City Council Intro. 1447-C

“We share the goal of the Mayor and the City Council to improve safety at every construction site.  The latest version of the legislation is an improvement. However, it fails to address basic questions like ensuring there will be sufficient training providers or how workers without an on-going relationship with a contractor will pay for and obtain training.   Unfortunately, the legislation continues to claim union apprenticeship training is the same as safety training.   This legislation runs the risk of putting tens of thousands of construction workers on the unemployment line.  We will continue to advocate that the City put in place a regime that will actually improve construction safety without depriving City residents the opportunity to access construction jobs that have historically served as a path to the middle class.” - John Banks, REBNY President