Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Oct
2014
22

Ban the Ban: SD Joins Host of CA Cities Salvaging State Funds Ahead of SB7′s Implementation

  On Monday the San Diego City Council voted to affirm a compromise that would allow the city to operate under Proposition A’s exception clause in order to continue to receive funds from the state after SB7 goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.  The agreement was reached after Gov. Jerry Brown, State Assembly Speaker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community
  A movement is forming in American politics whereby labor organizations which are having trouble finding common ground with members of the Democratic party break away from their traditional alliances. The need to push for policy over party is what led to socialist candidate Kshama Sawant winning a seat on the Seattle City Council this...
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Oct
2014
9

Time to PLA the Piper: San Diego’s Anti-Worker Attitude Will Force Massive Construction Funding Loss

  Former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye took to the op-ed section of the Voice of San Diego to explain the situation the city faces given its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) under Prop A.  At stake? Millions of dollars in funding for construction projects.  In October of 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown signed [&hellip...
Oct
2014
6

With Preliminary PLAs, Building Trades Move to Ensure Quality Casino Construction Jobs in Hudson Valley

With Preliminary PLAs, Building Trades Move to Ensure Quality Casino Construction Jobs in Hudson Valley
  A new casino is likely coming to the Hudson Valley-Catskills region and labor unions want to make sure the millions of construction manhours are performed under quality working conditions.  To accomplish this, the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council announced the signing of preliminary Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)...
Sep
2014
29

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has released a progress report on the new Vikings stadium which shows that the goals set for the hiring of minorities and women are being exceeded.  The stadium is being built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), perhaps the only established way of realizing hiring...
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....
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...