Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

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...
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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...
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...