Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Sep
2014
11

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!
  In an op-ed for the Mercury News Dave Collins of Smart Cities Prevail explains how avoiding the prevailing wage and refusing to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) has led to delays and budget overruns on several construction projects in Palo Alto, CA.   As we have discussed in the past, the city’s handling [&hellip...
Sep
2014
10

The “Largest Job-Producing Project in Georgia” is Union Strong Under a Project Labor Agreement

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  The Vogtle power plant construction project in Georgia has reached its predicted peak workforce of 5,000 workers according to Georgia Power. The current workforce is the largest at the nuclear plant since its first two reactors were erected in the mid-1980’s, but the numbers could swell again as the project continues towards completion....
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Aug
2014
29

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia
  While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas executives praised labor unions as a vital partner in maximizing the positive impact of Marcellus Shale gas on the state’s economy.  With global demand expected to rise 65 percent by 2045, Randy Cleveland, President of XTO Energy, compared the state to...
Aug
2014
8

California Colleges Reaping the Local Hiring Benefits of Hard-Fought Project Labor Agreement

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) covering up to $500 million of construction at Riverside City, Moreno Valley and Norco colleges has surpassed its local hiring goals. The projects are partially funded through California’s Measure C bonds with the state and federal government providing matching funding.   The use of a PLA was heavily...
Jul
2014
28

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and...
Jun
2014
23

Canadian Gov’t Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline, Well-Paying Union Jobs On the Way

Canadian Gov't Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline, Well-Paying Union Jobs On the Way
  Last week, the Canadian government approved the Northern Gateway project, which will create a pipeline to transport tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia.  Among those welcoming the news were Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), an umbrella organization which in April agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU)...
Jun
2014
18

PLA Will Ensure Local Workers, On-Time Opening for Proposed Albany Casino

PLA Will Ensure Local Workers, On-Time Opening for Proposed Albany Casino
  The Capital View Casino & Resort announced that they have entered into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the New York Hotel Trades Council and the Greater Capital Region Building & Construction Trades Council..  The contract will pave the way for a smooth construction period, ensure an on-time opening and guarantee that local...
Jun
2014
6

Labor-Backed Vogtle Plant Expansion, One of Nation’s Largest, Cruising Toward Completion

Labor-Backed Vogtle Plant Expansion, One of Nation's Largest, Cruising Toward Completion
  During testimony to the Public Service Commission, executives from the Georgia Power Company testified that construction of the Vogtle nuclear facility expansion is on schedule and on budget.  The project is being built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with labor unions doing the lion’s share of the work.   The $14 billion...
May
2014
20

NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement

NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement
  Developers of the new project at the former site of the Williams Lake Hotel near Rosendale, NY have announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which aims to hire 50 to 75 percent of the construction workforce locally.  The PLA will also set standards for the developers to buy locally.   The “preference for procurement” [&hellip...
May
2014
2

Lacking Official Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Pledge Goes Unmet in Savannah School District

  When the Savannah-Chatham School Board began accepting bids on a pair of construction projects worth more than $300 million each, they asked bidders to pledge that 50 percent of the work would go to local contractors owned by minorities or women.  However, instead of cementing this policy with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), they [&hellip...
Apr
2014
30

PLA on American Dream Meadowlands Project is “Dream Come True” for NJ Construction Workers

PLA on American Dream Meadowlands Project is
  With over 100 construction workers as his backdrop, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised the project labor agreement (PLA) between local trades unions and Triple Five developers, labeling it the driving force in the resumption of full-scale construction on the American Dream Meadowlands project. Triple Five executive Paul Ghermezian...
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 [&hellip...