No Summary Judgment for Contractors Relying on Preemption

Wysocki v. Kel-Tech Constr. Inc., 847 N.Y.S.2d 166 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)

Here, the court denied the defendants’-contractors’ summary judgment motion to dismiss the breach of contract claims brought against them by plaintiffs-construction workers.  The court reasoned that the plaintiffs’ contractual rights would be independent of a collective bargaining agreement whether or not Labor Law § 220 was incorporated into the public works contracts at issue.  The court explained that Labor Law § 220 applies across the board, making its requirements non-negotiable.  Therefore, the collective bargaining agreement did not have any bearing on the public works contracts at issue in the case.

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