Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Apr
2014
15

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant
  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in Illinois, which will retrofit a coal power plant to make it more environmentally friendly.  Speaking at the announcement was Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was joined by the leaders of 17 labor unions and the FutureGen Alliance.   Some ...
Apr
2014
10

Orange County Ends Ten Year Labor Agreement Drought, Signs PLA for Community College Construction

  In California this week, the State Building Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) signed its first Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with an Orange County public agency in more than a decade.  By a 4-2 vote, the Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District agreed that $198 million of upcoming construction projects would be...
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Apr
2014
1

Building Trades Join Over 70 Organizations in Calling on Dept of Labor to Prioritize PLAs

  A letter sent to Department of Labor head Thomas Perez, signed by over 70 labor and social justice groups, calls for the DOL to prioritize Project Labor Agreements as they review and revise regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projects.   The discussed guidelines have remained...
Mar
2014
17

AKA PLA: Businessman’s Op-Ed Touts Policies Long Supported by Construction Unions

  A Northwest Times op-ed from businessman and former government administrator John Key calls for local governments to create laws that ensure women, minorities, and inner city workers are represented on work sites for projects that are funded with public dollars.  Sound familiar? These are the exact types of community-bolstering provisions...
Feb
2014
20

L.A. Light Rail Project Labor Agreement Exceeds Goals for Local, Disadvantaged Hiring

L.A. Light Rail Project Labor Agreement Exceeds Goals for Local, Disadvantaged Hiring
  The 8.5 mile light rail line that will connect Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is governed by a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that mandates local residents get a chance to work on the project.  The PLA was approved in 2011 and construction was approved in 2012. Now, with ground ...
Feb
2014
10

Orlando VA Hospital Construction Continues to Flounder, Could Switch Hands, PLA Still Needed

  As we have written in the past, mismanagement stemming from the lack of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the Veterans Affairs hospital job in Orlando has caused the project to teeter on the edge of tanking completely for some time.  Now, a plan to shift control of the project from the VA to ...
Jan
2014
31

MA Gov. Patrick on Use of PLAs: “We Can Show Significant Savings”

MA Gov. Patrick on Use of PLAs:
  On Tuesday Night, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered his final State of the State address.  Patrick touched on his own legacy of balanced budgets, land conservation, and the state’s booming tech sector in the speech to the House Chamber in Boston.  He also spoke about his administration’s loyalty to labor, which has...
Jan
2014
13

Local Hire, Female and Minority Contractor Inclusion at Stake in Albany

Local Hire, Female and Minority Contractor Inclusion at Stake in Albany
  In 2008, the City of Albany, NY was ready to move forward with a new $400 million convention center expected to create 722 new jobs.  Like other big projects of its era, it was moved to the back burner, a victim of the economic recession. But a scaled down version of the project resurfaced, ...
Jan
2014
7

Mohegan Sun, Wynn Pledge to Employ Union Workers, Allow Full Unionization in MA Casino Proposals

  Mohegan Sun’s attempt to win the license to build a casino in Revere, Massachusetts took another step forward on Sunday when the company announced it had reached agreements with local unions.  The Project Labor Agreement with the Metropolitan Boston Building Trades Council and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters means a...
Jan
2014
6

Labor-Backed School Construction Agreement Gets Court Nod in Ohio

  A northern Ohio battle over whether to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to develop the Lorain school district took a surprising turn last week. State involvement and broken contracts preceded the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas’ new order to move forward with the originally-approved PLA.  A lawsuit filed by the North Central ...
Dec
2013
18

What About Bob? Contractors Entering into PLAs on Dulles Silver Line Despite Gov’s Opposition

What About Bob? Contractors Entering into PLAs on Dulles Silver Line Despite Gov's Opposition
  When the second phase of the Dulles Silver Line project was taking shape, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) briefly became a hot topic in Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell found himself in hot topic hot water when an investigation into the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) found that he had orchestrated the ouster of pro-PLA...
Dec
2013
18

Georgia Nuclear Unit Construction Experiencing Great Success Under Project Labor Agreement

Georgia Nuclear Unit Construction Experiencing Great Success Under Project Labor Agreement
  Construction of units 3 and 4 at the Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia is ahead of schedule according to Georgia Power officials, another hallmark success story for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  The nuclear units are the first to be built in the United States in nearly three decades and, as we reported last year, ...