Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Feb
2016
12

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs
  In response to a long-running string of mismanaged Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects across the country, the House of Representatives has passed a bill which would require the Army Corps of Engineers or another federal agency to manage any VA project with a price tag over $100 million.   In the past, we have [&hellip...
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
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Dec
2015
9

Suffolk Univ. Cuts Long-Time Ties With Anti-Union Institute; Institute Will Pursue Koch Money to Survive

Suffolk Univ. Cuts Long-Time Ties With Anti-Union Institute; Institute Will Pursue Koch Money to Survive
  The relationship between Suffolk University and the conservative-leaning Beacon Hill Institute has ended following decades of questionable research from the Institute, which is an arm of the university’s economics department but must sustain itself financially through donations.  In recent years, many of the donations came from the Koch...
Nov
2015
30

Labor Secretary, Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand More Project Labor Agreements on Federal Work

Labor Secretary, Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand More Project Labor Agreements on Federal Work
  U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez toured the $345 million wharf project at Naval Base Kitsap this week, which is being built primarily with local labor thanks to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Some lawmakers now want to see such agreements become the standard for similar Department of Defense projects.   After touring the [&hellip...
Nov
2015
24

City Councils on Both Coasts Approve PLAs to Ensure Investment in Local Communities

  Two towns on different sides of the country had their city council chambers packed with union members last week in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that are now closer to becoming realities.  While the scenarios are different, the overall sense of responsibility to ensure local investment on major projects is the same. In...
Nov
2015
20

PLA Standards Pushing LA Metro to Boost Female Construction Recruiting Through Job Forum

PLA Standards Pushing LA Metro to Boost Female Construction Recruiting Through Job Forum
  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is recruiting women to enter the building trades as the region experiences a construction boom.  Along with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Metro will be holding a female-focused job fair...
Oct
2015
29

SoCal School District Hopes Project Labor Agreements Will Change Course of “Shabby” Local Construction History

SoCal School District Hopes Project Labor Agreements Will Change Course of
  The Sweetwater Union High School District is turning to Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) to change the status quo of construction quality in the region, which has been shoddy and delayed of late.  On a 4-0 vote, the five-member panel voted in favor of using PLAs for all projects funded by Proposition O.  The board’s [&hellip...
Oct
2015
15

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam
  As BC Hydro begins the contract process for construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River near Fort St. John, British Columbia, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 115 is putting pressure on the region’s leaders to help ensure local workers get jobs on the project.  The $8.3 billion project [&hellip...
Oct
2015
6

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on Buffalo Solar Work Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on Buffalo Solar Work Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  As the Solar City factory in Buffalo, NY prepares to greatly expand its construction workforce, city officials excitedly announced that hiring goals for minorities and women have been exceeded on the project.  The goals, along with mandates for apprentices to make up 10 percent of the workforce, were part of a Project Labor Agreement...
Sep
2015
30

Upstate, Lawmakers Eye Project Labor Agreements for Buffalo, Syracuse

  Major construction projects in upstate New York are being evaluated for the possible use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) to ensure efficiency and local hiring.  A series of solar projects in Buffalo and renovations to the state fair facility in Syracuse are going to bring large numbers of jobs to their respective regions, so [&hellip...
Sep
2015
21

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement
  At its last meeting, the Long Beach city council passed two measures aimed at helping the city’s workers. One creates a service, Long Beach First, to provide local workers to contractors and the other authorizes plans to spend $65,000 on a study of the possible effects of mandating a higher minimum wage.  The two-year [&hellip...
Sep
2015
2

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say
  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing affordability in its crosshairs ahead of a vote in favor of an abatement for an affordable housing unit expected to bring jobs to the city.  According to Earl Morgan, who writes a weekly column for NJ.com: A flock of mostly [&hellip...