Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Sep
2013
26

Dem Gov. Candidates Plead Pro-Labor, Pro-PLA Case to MD, DC Building Trades in Introductory Summit

  On Monday, the three top Democratic candidates for Maryland governor met at the Turf Valley Resort in Howard County, MD to explain why their administration would be the best at creating union jobs in the Old Line State.  Addressing a forum hosted by the Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General...
Sep
2013
24

LIRR Makes History, Signs Project Labor Agreement to Protect Workers, Women, Minorities

LIRR Makes History, Signs Project Labor Agreement to Protect Workers, Women, Minorities
  The first ever Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Long Island Railroad and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties is expected to reduce labor costs on seven different projects by a combined $6.5 million according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The PLA will establish wages and work [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
13

MI Court Upholds Project Labor Agreement Ban, Bolsters Anti-Worker Snyder Era

MI Court Upholds Project Labor Agreement Ban, Bolsters Anti-Worker Snyder Era
  The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an injunction against Michigan’s Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act, clearing the way for the anti-Project Labor Agreement (PLA) law to take full effect.  The law bans the use of PLAs on state and local public works projects.   Originally passed in 2011, [&hellip...
Sep
2013
12

Grand Ole Op-ed: Building Trades Leaders Take Down IL ABC Chapter Pres. Over PLA Misinformation

  In a recent op-ed about the benefits of using union labor on public works projects, Martin Helfers and Dana Oaks proposed the following hypothetical: Question: When needing heart surgery, does the prudent patient seek a certified surgeon? You know, someone who has undergone years of structured education and hands-on training under the...
Sep
2013
11

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium
  D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a new project labor agreement (PLA) that will ensure local and veteran hiring as well as important workplace protections on a $300 million stadium project. The new structure will be the home of D.C. United’s Major League Soccer team and was announced at a signing on Tuesday. The [&hellip...
Aug
2013
26

Philly School District Commissions PLA Study Ahead of $150M School Construction Boom

  The Bristol Township School District in northeast Philadelphia has solicited a month-long study about the effects of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) as they enter the planning stages of a $152 million new schools and renovations project.   The school district has hired...
Aug
2013
14

Half-False? VA Gov. Candidate’s Dulles Corridor PLA Comments Rated “Half-True” by Politifact

Half-False? VA Gov. Candidate's Dulles Corridor PLA Comments Rated
  In Virginia, the governor’s race between Terry McCaulife and Ken Cuccinelli has transportation as a central theme. For Cuccinelli, attempts to pander to the far right have caused him to roll out some real whoppers regarding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and their effect on the Dulles Metro Line bidding process. In a recent radio...
Aug
2013
2

Ohio School District Trying to Get Back PLAs It Voted Away

Ohio School District Trying to Get Back PLAs It Voted Away
  Now, these are our kind of flip-flops. The ongoing saga surrounding the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction in the Lorain School District of Northeast Ohio has taken a turn for the worker-friendly with the school district asking to go back to the original plan of using PLAs. This, in response [&hellip...
Jul
2013
29

With SCOTUS’ Attack on Minority Rights Ongoing, Rochester Paper Thinks PLAs Could Protect Diversity

  An opinion piece in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle highlights the positive impact Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have had on the city and its minority workforce.  It also compliments the transparency that has surrounded these contracts at the behest of Mayor Thomas Richards.   Language in the agreements that mandates hiring of...
Jul
2013
23

Northern Ohio Building Trades Sue School Officials for Rescinding Project Labor Agreement

  In Northern Ohio, a fight has been brewing surrounding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  In March, the Lorain City Council scrapped PLAs, in particular the implementation of one for local high school construction. The 8-2 anti-PLA vote went against the wishes of Mayor Chase Ritenauer.  Now, the North Central Ohio Building and Construction...
Jul
2013
22

CO Building Trades Rep Slams Aurora Veterans Affairs Project as “Criminal,” in Dire Need of a PLA

  Recently, we shed light on the cost overruns and other failures of the Aurora, Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital construction. The problems relate to an endemic refusal by the VA to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), despite their many advantages and guarantees, including a mandate for hiring military veterans into the construction...
Jul
2013
19

NC Bans PLA Requirements, Bolsters Reputation as Leader in Anti-Worker Action

NC Bans PLA Requirements, Bolsters Reputation as Leader in Anti-Worker Action
  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed into law House Bill 110 which will prohibit government entities from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.   The bill was lobbied for vehemently by the anti-union Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). Typically, wherever an anti-PLA bill...