Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

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...
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Jul
2013
18

Another PLA-Free Veterans Affairs Project Falls Victim to Crummy Contractor, Is Under Investigation

  Another Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) project is stuck in its tracks after refusing to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for its construction.  This time, veterans in Butler County, Pennsylvania will be the victims of mismanagement. The VA has halted construction on the $75 million outpatient center to allow the federal government...
Jul
2013
17

IL Congressmen Pressure Army Corps to Use Project Labor Agreement for Levee Reconstruction

IL Congressmen Pressure Army Corps to Use Project Labor Agreement for Levee Reconstruction
  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Rep. Bill Enyart are criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for not using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the initial phases of Southern Illinois levee reconstruction.  At a press conference, the two lawmakers asked the Corps of Engineers to reconsider this decision for upcoming phases of construction....
Jul
2013
12

PLA for Meriden, CT School Construction Hangs in the Balance

The path to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for renovations at Platt and Maloney high schools in Meriden, Connecticut has not been a clear one. At last check, non-union contractors were abstaining from bidding on the project to undermine the PLA which Meriden’s mayor had cast the deciding vote in favor of. The anti-PLA pressure ...
Jul
2013
12

Anti-Worker Lobby Hurls PLA Falsehoods in Op-Ed, Boston Herald Edits Out Facts From Union Rep Rebuttal

Anti-Worker Lobby Hurls PLA Falsehoods in Op-Ed, Boston Herald Edits Out Facts From Union Rep Rebuttal
  An early July op-ed in the Boston Herald by Greg Beeman, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Massachusetts sought to distort the truth about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  The piece, titled, “Gov’s union-only project deals co$t”, comes right out of the ABC handbook of how to portray unions in a poor ...
Jul
2013
8

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA
  In the works since the late 1990’s, the Veterans Affairs Hospital proposed for Aurora, Colorado is now $200 million over budget and unlikely to be open in the Spring of 2015 as hoped.  After endless changes to the plans, construction ground was broken in 2009, yet construction did not begin until 2012.  With progress ...
Jul
2013
2

Chevron Refinery Inks Project Labor Agreement for Renovations, SF Water Authority Does the Same

  Modernization of Chevron U.S.A.’s refinery in Richmond, CA will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project will update and replace older equipment with new technology helping the facility reach “zero net” greenhouse emissions. It is the state’s goal to have all commercial buildings meet this requirement by...
Jun
2013
13

$586 Million Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse is First of Its Kind

  In San Diego, a new $586 million courthouse project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) marking the first time such a contract has been used at the onset of a major court facility in the region.  The agreement comes a year after voters rejected mandatory PLAs on publicly-funded projects via a ...
May
2013
7

Does a PLA for Maine’s Big Natural Gas Project Mean Smoother Sailing for Labor Under LePage? Probably Not.

Does a PLA for Maine’s Big Natural Gas Project Mean Smoother Sailing for Labor Under LePage? Probably Not.
The political spirit of Maine is fiercely independent. In 2010, many voters felt they were getting a unique leader in former businessman and Tea Party favorite for Governor, Paul LePage. Sadly, like many of his victorious 2010 Republican Governor peers — Scott Walker (WI), John Kasich (OH), and Rick Snyder (MI), for example — his ...
May
2013
2

San Diego Contractors, Undeterred by PLA Ban, Enter into Similar Agreements to Bolster the Community

San Diego Contractors, Undeterred by PLA Ban, Enter into Similar Agreements to Bolster the Community
Despite a ballot measure passed last year to ban the requirement of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in San Diego, similar pacts are now being negotiated by contractors looking to ensure efficiency on public works projects. Two current projects are using labor agreements with PLA-like stipulations in order to maximize the positive effect that new...
Apr
2013
29

MD Casino Not Only Being Built Under PLA, Will Employ Unionized Workers in Permanent Jobs

MD Casino Not Only Being Built Under PLA, Will Employ Unionized Workers in Permanent Jobs
Nearly a month after the announcement that the new Horseshoe Casino in Maryland would be built under a worker-friendly Project Labor Agreement (PLA), cause for celebratation doubled down with the announcement that a deal brokered by UNITE HERE to unionize jobs at the casino is nearing completion. The $375 million dollar casino, which will be ...