Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Oct
2013
30

PLA Agreed to for Staten Island Outlet Development: “This Means Good Jobs”

PLA Agreed to for Staten Island Outlet Development:
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed upon between the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and BFC Partners, developers of an outlet mall coming to Staten Island.  Exact details of the PLA have not been announced but sources familiar with the deal say the project will employ 100 percent [&hellip...
Oct
2013
28

Minnesota City Votes in Favor of PLAs on Public Works Projects Citing Cost-Efficiency, Timeliness

  In a 3-1 vote, the City Council of Cohasset, Minnesota approved a resolution last week calling for public works projects over $200,000 to be subject to Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  Supporters cited missteps in the construction of a new convention center in Rochester when calling for the resolution.  City Attorney John Licke told the...
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Oct
2013
17

Juneau, AK Assembly Unanimously Upholds Project Labor Agreement Policy

  In Juneau, Alaska an estimated $54 million construction project was bid out by the city’s Docks and Harbors Department without a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), despite a city policy to use such agreements to the fullest extent of the law.  The project, which will rebuild the city’s cruise ship docks, is scheduled to get [&hellip...
Oct
2013
11

Watsonville, CA Becomes First Monterey Bay City to Go the PLA Way

  On Tuesday, the Watsonville City Council approved an ordinance mandating that a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) be used on any public works project with a price tag of $600,000 or higher, making it the first city in the Monterey Bay to do so.  Steve Palmisano, director of public works and utilities, told the Register-Pajaronian [&hellip...
Oct
2013
9

PLA, Local Jobs Needed in Exchange for Large-Scale Construction Incentives, Unions Say

  With the announcement that the first of four construction phases will be completed  Milwaukee based G.C. Schmidt Inc. and local trades unions are hoping to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to get quality workers on the the new $450 million Northwestern Mutual tower in Milwaukee. The project will rise 32 stories above the [&hellip...
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...
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...