Join New York’s leading developers, builders and union professionals on Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM at the Union League’s Lincoln Hall to continue an engaging conversation on union labor in New York, rising construction costs and their impact on building in New York, today and into the future.

All proceeds from this event will be contributed to the New York Building Foundation.

  • The Conversation Continues

    At Zetlin & De Chiara’s spring 2017 forum, “The Future of Labor in Construction,” it became clear that general contractors and sub-contractors need to be a greater part of the dialogue concerning New York’s construction labor paradigm. During this continuing conversation, general contractors and subcontractors will join the conversation, envisioning the future of labor in construction and the changing labor force in New York.

    The panel, moderated by Zetlin & De Chiara Founding Partner Michael K. De Chiara will examine the state of construction costs, the strategies behind controlling them and how New York City’s owners and developers are seeking more cost-effective ways to build, including labor solutions outside of a unionized workforce. Leading industry experts will also discuss how organized labor has been exploring creative ways to reduce costs and how these savings have been distributed through the different phases of construction.


    • Building Owners
    • Developers
    • Owner’s Representatives
    • Construction Managers
    • General Contractors
    • Construction Consultants
    • Architects, Engineers and Design Consultants


   8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.



   8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Michael K. De Chiara
Co-Founding Partner
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Carlo Scissura, Esq.
President and CEO
New York Building Congress

   8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



             MODERATOR             REMARKS              PANELISTS    

Michael K. De Chiara
Co-Founding Partner
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Carlo Scissura, Esq.
President & CEO
New York Building Congress

Michael Apuzzo
Business Manager
Plumbers Local Union #1

Jay Badame
President and Chief Operating Officer
AECOM Tishman

Louis Coletti
President & CEO
Building Trades Employers’ Association


Sabrina Kanner

Executive Vice President
Design & Construction
Brookfield Properties

Gary LaBarbera
Building and Construction Trades
Council of Greater New York

Charles F. Murphy
Senior Vice President
Turner Construction Company

Larry Roman
WDF Inc.

Robert Sanna
Executive Vice President and
Head of Construction
Forest City Ratner



The Union League Club is located at 38 East 37th Street on the corner of Park Avenue.


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