Local workers in Glenville, New York may be headed back to the job site soon as Schenectady County officials have signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council for work on the Glendale Nursing Home. According to the Times Union, the county has estimated that the deal is expected to save them about $738,000:
The PLA will also provide work and training opportunities to veterans returning from service:
The employers and the unions also agree to use the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veteran Employment’s “Helmets to Hardhats” program to serve as a resource for preliminary orientation, assessment of construction aptitude and referral to hiring halls with relevant support and counseling for veterans who are interested in careers in the building and construction trades.
The PLA ensures that at least 80 percent of workers on the project must be local. Non-local contractors will have to hire locally, also. Labor leaders praised the county’s decision:
“The county of Schenectady is to be commended for reaching this agreement which helps to ensure that local construction workers will be given first preference and will save the taxpayers over $700,000 through negotiated work-rules,” said Jeff Stark, president of the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council