Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
Feb
2015
18

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.’s Underserved

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.'s Underserved
  Last week the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) held a Construction Career Recruitment and Resource Fair looking for workers to join the union ranks for over a dozen Metro construction projects, all governed by a project labor agreement (PLA).  The event was held outside of MTA headquarters and included representatives of...
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Feb
2015
12

Project Labor Agreement Signed for Rochester Community College; $600,000 in Savings Expected

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) will govern the construction of a community college campus in Rochester, New York and ensure that local workers are manning the project.  Monroe County entered into the PLA with the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council for work on Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus.  County...
Feb
2015
3

Under PLA, L.A. Project Will Create 6K Jobs, Become 6th LEED Platinum-Certified High-Rise in U.S.

Under PLA, L.A. Project Will Create 6K Jobs, Become 6th LEED Platinum-Certified High-Rise in U.S.
  The Los Angeles City Council recently approved the Century City Center, a 37-story development project that will become only the sixth LEED Platinum-certified high-rise in the nation. It will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project was delayed by intense scrutiny from critics despite estimates that it will create 6,000...
Feb
2015
2

Seattle Transit Expansion Running $150M Under Budget Thanks to Union Workforce, PLA

Seattle Transit Expansion Running $150M Under Budget Thanks to Union Workforce, PLA
  Seattle currently has a bevy of delayed transit projects.  But one bright spot in the infrastructural waiting game is a 100-percent union job being completed under a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The University Link line, which will connect Seattle’s downtown to the new Capitol Hill and University District stations, is...
Jan
2015
28

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is
  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established anti-union rhetoric during a speech at Richland Community College in Decatur.  Among the topics he discussed were prevailing wage, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), and the creation of “Right-to-Work” zones to fight what he calls “forced...
Jan
2015
20

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring
  Republicans in the Michigan legislature are considering a bill that would ban Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) on a statewide basis.  The bill was first introduced in the December “lame duck session” where it passed its House committee but never came up for a vote.  Rep. Earl Poleski, who proposed last year’s bill, plans to...
Jan
2015
14

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites
  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Special Commission on the Use of Project Labor Agreements in Road, Bridge and Rail Projects has released a report after looking into what the contracts have delivered on infrastructure and construction projects.  Established in August of 2012, the commission was made up of five members appointed by...
Jan
2015
9

PLA to Guarantee Maximum Local Impact Despite Massive Scale of Jordan Cove LNG Project

PLA to Guarantee Maximum Local Impact Despite Massive Scale of Jordan Cove LNG Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) signed between Kiewit, Black & Veatch, and the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council (OBCTC) for work on the Jordan Cove Liquid Natual Gas (LNG) venture will result in local unions being well represented on the jobsite. And while local hiring mandates are central to many PLAs, the sheer...
Jan
2015
9

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium
  A major Interlake Tunnel Project was given the green light in California last month after the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the estimated $63 million construction.  The approval was linked to Assembly Bill 155 (AB 155) which requires a “design-build” method as opposed to the traditional “design-bid-build”...
Jan
2015
8

Fight for What’s Right: In Letter, NY County Legislator Urges School Officials to Build Under a PLA

  In New York, Ulster County legislator David Donaldson is urging Kingston School District officials to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the $137.5 million renovation of Kingston High School.  The project was approved last year, but the school board recently voted 5-4 against a PLA.  Donaldson then sent a letter to the school [&hellip...
Dec
2014
16

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers
  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America...