LI contractors win fight over town apprentice program

Jonathan Farrell | Real Estate Weekly | October 27, 2020

A Long Island judge has scuttled a town’s plan to force local contractors to employ apprentices if they want work.

United States District Court Judge Denis J. Hurley converted a previously imposed injunction preventing the Town of Oyster Bay enforcing the order and made it permanent after no-one bothered to defend the controversial code that would have required construction companies to have a state-approved apprenticeship program when constructing or renovating private commercial and residential buildings.

Contractors claimed the rule was unfair to small and minority-owned businesses and favored larger, unionized companies which typically do have apprenticeship programs.

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