Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Dec
2016
20

WI GOP Introduces Bill Blocking Local Wage, Safety, Hiring Standards in Construction

WI GOP Introduces Bill Blocking Local Wage, Safety, Hiring Standards in Construction
  ff Don’t try to tell us 2016 was the worst of it when Wisconsin workers are staring down the barrel of a loaded legislative gun. State Rep. Rob Hutton has introduced a bill that would block local governments from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public construction projects. Instead, Hutton said he would like [&hellip...
Dec
2016
20

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves
  According to a new report from the Department of Labor (DOL), construction workplace fatalities reached a seven-year peak in 2015. The report, released last week by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), says private construction industry fatalities increased by 4%, from 899 to 937, between 2014 and 2015. They also note the...
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Dec
2016
13

Impact of Oakland Port PLA Felt More Than Ever as Local Hiring Soars to 60%

Impact of Oakland Port PLA Felt More Than Ever as Local Hiring Soars to 60%
  In 2016, Port of Oakland construction projects generated a grand total of $6.5 million in earnings for workers. A whopping 60% of those workers were local, significantly exceeding the Port’s 50% local hiring goal. Workers who live in Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, and Emeryville were responsible for 37% of the total work hours, a...
Oct
2016
28

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA
  This summer, voters in Fairfield, California approved Measure J, a $249 million bond for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. This week, after much handwringing, the board of trustees agreed to put a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in place for all construction work funded by the measure: Trustees [met] with supporters and critics of...
Oct
2016
25

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers’ Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers' Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race
  According to a poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) is currently trailing Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan by eight points. It’s one of a handful of races that could determine whether Democrats are able to retake the Senate in November: The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 11 and...
Oct
2016
20

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects
  UPDATE: The resolution has been voted on, but results have been difficult to come by. We will update this post when more information is available. The Oakland City Council is voting on a resolution that would guarantee jobs to African-American and female workers on all city-funded construction projects. Both demographics have typically...
Oct
2016
19

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey’s Interlake Tunnel Project

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey's Interlake Tunnel Project
  In August, the debate over funding for the $78.2 million Interlake Tunnel project in Monterey, California began to heat up. A $10 million state grant tied to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) hung in the balance. But last week, the county water resources agency staff recommended the Board of Supervisors accept the funding:...
Oct
2016
14

PLA Enables 20% Minority, 25% Female Hiring Goals on $300M Oregon Court House Job

PLA Enables 20% Minority, 25% Female Hiring Goals on $300M Oregon Court House Job
  Earlier this month in Multnomah County, Oregon, construction workers broke ground on a $300 million court house. The project is expected to be completed in 2020 and employ more than 500 building trades workers. Thanks to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) negotiated by the Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council (CPBCTC),...
Sep
2016
20

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California
  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor agreement affairs, the worker-supportive deals a scoring victories elsewhere in the country. In Wisconsin, building trades unions reached agreements on two projects related to the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. Agreements were reached with J.P. Cullen...
Sep
2016
7

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing
  Two weeks ago, the Sagamore Development Company began negotiating with three coalition groups over $660 million in public financing for a project in Port Covington, Baltimore. Build Up Baltimore, PORT3, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) represent well over 100 labor, housing advocacy, consumer rights, anti-racism,...
Sep
2016
6

Project Labor Agreement + 1000s of Union Jobs = Tallest Building West of the Mississippi

Project Labor Agreement + 1000s of Union Jobs = Tallest Building West of the Mississippi
  With the placement of a 10-ton spire atop the Wilshire Grand last Saturday, Downtown L.A.’s latest sky scraper became the tallest building in America west of the Mississippi River. The hotel and office complex is being built under a Project Labor Agreement and has created thousands of new jobs: Members of Local 416 joined [&hellip...
Aug
2016
30

Rochester Building Trades, Non-Profit Seek Injunction to Reinstate PLA for School Construction

Rochester Building Trades, Non-Profit Seek Injunction to Reinstate PLA for School Construction
  The Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council is gearing up for a legal battle over the inclusion of a project labor agreement (PLA) on the biggest public works project in Rochester’s history. Together with the nonprofit Rochester Careers in Construction Inc., the council is seeking a preliminary injunction that would...