Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Aug
2016
23

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide
  Austin, Texas is growing rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that there are concerns about the city’s ability to manage the effects unchecked growth. One specific area of worry is the permitting process, where significant delays are taking a financial toll on project owners. That is why the City of Austin is currently considering a...
Aug
2016
12

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power
  Rochester, NY is spending $1.3 billion to modernize its schools, making it the largest public works project in the city’s history. But in a split decision one-eighty last week, the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board voted 4-3 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the second phase of the project. The PLA would [&hellip...
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Aug
2016
8

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project
  Sagamore Development, a company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city of Baltimore for $660 million in bonds for a massive development in Port Covington. But City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has indicated that he wants the developers to reach an agreement with local labor unions before...
Jul
2016
29

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring
  The NAPA County Board of Supervisors is looking to implement a local hiring policy for large construction projects. Beginning with work on a low-risk prison facility, the policy aims to set guidelines for all future projects and will include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure quality and hiring standards: Napa County wants to see...
Jul
2016
15

Cuomo Boosts NY’s Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program Investment to $50M for the Year

Cuomo Boosts NY's Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program Investment to $50M for the Year
  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s valiant crusade against unemployment continues with a $30 million investment in statewide pre-apprenticeship construction job programs. The Urban Youth Jobs Program uses a tax-credit incentive system to connect minority and at-risk youth with job opportunities. Cuomo’s announcement brings total...
Jun
2016
22

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities
  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that there are “no reliable statistics” showing the growth of minorities on job sites, New York City building trades president Gary LaBarbera hit back, noting how diversity is growing in the trades.  It is easier to rely on old stereotypes [&hellip...
Jun
2016
15

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval
  In San Diego, a total of 110,786 signatures were delivered to the Committee for Sports, Entertainment, and Tourism by those who wish to see the Chargers’ proposed plan for a new stadium make its way onto the November ballot.  The signatures must now be certified by Elizabeth Maland, the city clerk.  If approved by [&hellip...
Jun
2016
9

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances: “Ironic at Best, Hypocritical at Worst”

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances:
  In a recent op-ed for the Miami Herald, Secretary of Labor and potential vice presidential candidate Thomas Perez wrote about how cities in Florida have attempted to raise the minimum wage and fight wage theft only to have their efforts thwarted by Republicans in Tallahassee.  The problem is not limited to Florida as we [&hellip...
Jun
2016
7

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders’ Meeting

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders' Meeting
  Outside a recent Tesla shareholders meeting, members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada (BCTCNN) rallied against what they view as unfair hiring practices at the company’s gigafactory in Sparks, NV.  Inside, investors representing the union’s pension fund greeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a letter...
May
2016
27

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports
  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will guarantee jobs for local workers, disadvantaged residents, and veterans on an estimated $717 million in port infrastructure projects over the next five years.  The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) was agreed to by the Harbor Commission and the Los...
May
2016
13

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction
  The Los Angeles City Council has approved a privately funded, 22,000 seat, $250 million soccer-specific stadium to house Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).  The project will be the biggest and most expensive soccer-only project in MLS history. As part of their plan, LAFC announced a Project Labor Agreement...
May
2016
11

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for work on the latest Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) natural gas-fired plant, a $975 million project, is helping grow the Memphis Building Trades. The deal ensures that work stays local and includes businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  The successful PLA may seem out of place in...