Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

May
2016
4

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far
  The organizations helping to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge had a lot to celebrate this week, as their impressive safety record and massive training efforts were quantified. The $4 billion project is a massive undertaking, and on Monday a reportable incident rate of 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower [&hellip...
Apr
2016
21

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs
  U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) recently joined U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, and the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Celia Munoz, to discuss the benefits of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and how they helped the Navy save $267 million on a recent construction project at the Kitsap-Bangor base.  Joining...
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Apr
2016
11

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years’ Worth of Projects in SF

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years' Worth of Projects in SF
  The members of the unions that make up the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council will see steady work for years to come thanks to a series of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with developer Forest City and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).  The BCTC is also close to finalizing a PLA [&hellip...
Apr
2016
1

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the local Building Trades is exceeding diversity hiring goals and providing opportunities to local workers.  The college entered into the PLA during the planning stages of its campus revitalization project.  Built into the agreement were diversity standards...
Mar
2016
14

Delaware Bill Would Set New Standards for Veteran, Local Hiring on State-Funded Projects

Delaware Bill Would Set New Standards for Veteran, Local Hiring on State-Funded Projects
  A proposed bill in the Delaware legislature would require the hiring of local workers and veterans on state construction projects.  The Veteran, Skilled Workers, and Community Workforce Act would set two new requirements on public works projects: that 30 percent of the workforce must come from the district in which the project is located;...
Mar
2016
1

Local Hiring Provisions, Union Success Stories Lead to Pro-PLA Vote by Brentwood City Council

Local Hiring Provisions, Union Success Stories Lead to Pro-PLA Vote by Brentwood City Council
  Last week, the Brentwood City Council voted in support of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for its upcoming $12.2 million library construction project.  City staff can now negotiate the contract with local trades unions.  The city used a PLA in 2009 on its Civic Center project, which was completed on time and under budget.  [&hellip...
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...
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...