Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Sep
2015
21

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement
  At its last meeting, the Long Beach city council passed two measures aimed at helping the city’s workers. One creates a service, Long Beach First, to provide local workers to contractors and the other authorizes plans to spend $65,000 on a study of the possible effects of mandating a higher minimum wage.  The two-year [&hellip...
Sep
2015
2

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say
  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing affordability in its crosshairs ahead of a vote in favor of an abatement for an affordable housing unit expected to bring jobs to the city.  According to Earl Morgan, who writes a weekly column for NJ.com: A flock of mostly [&hellip...
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Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
Jul
2015
1

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip...
Jun
2015
24

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction
  The U.S. Senate has tentatively approved a measure which would prohibit the Veterans Administration (VA) from managing construction projects that carry a price tag of more than $100 million, instead placing the responsibility in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The move came as part of an amendment to the National [&hellip...
Jun
2015
23

In Important Last-Second Switch, OH Senate Committee Keeps Project Labor Agreements in Play

  The Ohio Senate Finance Committee softened House language which would have prevented Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.  The move was part of a series of amendments to the two-year budget plan.  A vote on the final Senate budget is expected soon.  If the changes remain in the Senate’s final budget...
Jun
2015
19

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time
  A historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is in the works between the Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the California Resources Corporation (CRC) which would require oilfield contractors to use union labor for construction and maintenance.  The agreement would not affect drilling operations.   According to KGET 17...
Jun
2015
9

Groundbreaking Groundbreakings: Ontario Makes Apprenticeship, Disadvantaged Hiring the Law

Groundbreaking Groundbreakings: Ontario Makes Apprenticeship, Disadvantaged Hiring the Law
  New infrastructure legislation in Ontario will require contractors on mega-projects to hire apprentices and set up recruitment plans in order to hire disadvantaged workers from the community.  It is the first law of its kind at the state or provincial level in North America.  The new legislation also sets the framework for community...
Jun
2015
1

Crucial Bonds OK’d for $675M American Dream Project; Labor Agreement Already in Place

Crucial Bonds OK'd for $675M American Dream Project; Labor Agreement Already in Place
  The East Rutherford Borough Council recently advanced $675 million in bonds to help the American Dream Meadowlands project, a mixed-use retail development that will be constructed under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  Over 150 members of local trades unions packed Borough Hall to capacity in support of the project.   Rick Sabato,...
May
2015
29

Overcrowding Forces CA School District to Do the Right Thing Regarding Construction Hiring

  The Salinas Union School Board voted in favor of using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of a new high school, a move they believe will ensure local contractors are hired.  The board made the decision by a 5-1 margin, following a $128 million bond to fund school construction and improvements approved by [&hellip...
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...