Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Apr
2015
29

He Has an Agenda: IL Quashes Decades Old Labor Agreement Which Protected Tollway Projects, Workers

He Has an Agenda: IL Quashes Decades Old Labor Agreement Which Protected Tollway Projects, Workers
In a 6-3 vote, the Directors of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority decided to end a two-decade-old labor agreement which required contractors to have collective bargaining pacts with workers as a prerequisite for winning Tollway contracts.  Signed in 1994 between the Tollway Authority and building trades councils representing unions in...
Apr
2015
29

Long Beach Commission Unanimously Authorizes PLAs for Upcoming Harbor Work; Long-Term Deal Considered

Long Beach Commission Unanimously Authorizes PLAs for Upcoming Harbor Work; Long-Term Deal Considered
On Monday Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously to support implementing a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on Phases 2 and 3 of the Middle Harbor project, which will cost roughly $300 million. Long Beach Harbor Commission Board President Doug Drummond proposed the move in the interest of local hiring, and stressed the importance...
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Apr
2015
10

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus
  In a hugely positive move for workers, the Long Beach City Council has voted unanimously in favor of a five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which will cover an estimated $28 million worth of construction.  The decision followed five months of intense negotiation.  The PLA will cover projects costing $500,000 or more and has a [&hellip...
Apr
2015
9

Cleveland Building Trades Lock Project Labor Agreement for Dispatch Center Work

Cleveland Building Trades Lock Project Labor Agreement for Dispatch Center Work
  The Parma City Council has voted in favor of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council (CBCTC) for upcoming work on a regional dispatch center.  In total, the council voted on $647,000 of expenditures for the project, which is expected to be completed in August.  The project had [&hellip...
Apr
2015
8

Mass. One Step Closer to Securing Energy Savings, Labor Protections on Pipeline Project

Mass. One Step Closer to Securing Energy Savings, Labor Protections on Pipeline Project
  The Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kinder Morgan, setting the stage for a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline, which will cross northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.  The project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs...
Apr
2015
3

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals
  New York Senator Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio have announced that FEMA has awarded a $3 billion grant to protect and rebuild 33 NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  It is the largest FEMA grant in history.  The work will be subject to a Project Labor [&hellip...
Mar
2015
31

Anti-Worker Lobby Fights Hiring Mandates Aimed at Helping Former Felons, Addicts, Disabled

Anti-Worker Lobby Fights Hiring Mandates Aimed at Helping Former Felons, Addicts, Disabled
  A Florida bill that would ban local governments from entering into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) was shot down by a 6-1 margin, only to be saved with a procedural move by the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Jeff Brandes.  How, exactly, did he accomplish this feat? By voting against the measure himself. This allowed Brandes, [&hellip...
Mar
2015
16

Political Donations Allowing Associated Builders & Contractors to Buy Anti-Worker Bills in FL

Political Donations Allowing Associated Builders & Contractors to Buy Anti-Worker Bills in FL
  Florida unions and the state AFL-CIO are rallying against anti-worker legislation they believe is designed to “elbow them out” of local construction markets.  The bills, which are moving quickly through the legislature, would prohibit Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and local hiring ordinances. They are currently in committee where...
Mar
2015
5

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents
  In New York City, a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed to by the Bill DeBlasio administration and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. It will cover $3.5 billion of work repairing and renovating New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties over the next three years.   The [&hellip...
Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
Feb
2015
18

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.’s Underserved

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.'s Underserved
  Last week the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) held a Construction Career Recruitment and Resource Fair looking for workers to join the union ranks for over a dozen Metro construction projects, all governed by a project labor agreement (PLA).  The event was held outside of MTA headquarters and included representatives of...
Feb
2015
12

Project Labor Agreement Signed for Rochester Community College; $600,000 in Savings Expected

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) will govern the construction of a community college campus in Rochester, New York and ensure that local workers are manning the project.  Monroe County entered into the PLA with the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council for work on Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus.  County...