Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Mar
2013
27

Old Colony PLA Praised for Timeliness, Diversity, Training of New Tradeswomen

Old Colony PLA Praised for Timeliness, Diversity, Training of New Tradeswomen
The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that governs the construction taking place at the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston has allowed many of its residents to begin a career in the construction trades.  Negotiated by local Building and Construction Trades unions, the agreement helps build more than just physical structures — it allows...
Mar
2013
21

Rocky Hill, CT Town Council Approves $45 Million Project Labor Agreement for High School Renovation

Rocky Hill, CT Town Council Approves $45 Million Project Labor Agreement for High School Renovation
A $45 million renovation of Rocky Hill High School in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, will be completed under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) following a 5-4 vote by local officials. Provisions in the agreement mandate that 15 percent of the workforce hail from the region. Although authorized by the town council, the agreement still needs to [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
20

In Illinois, Clergy Gather This Morning to Give Thanks for a Project Labor Agreement

This is a sweet story of the power of organized labor to bring opportunity — and joy — to a community in need. Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) typically include minority, female, and veteran hiring mandates. Thus, a new PLA entered into by the Illinois Department of Transportation is a source of hope for minority hiring [&hellip...
Mar
2013
14

Georgia’s HB 361 and 362 Aim to Strengthen “Right-to-Work,” Weaken Labor Agreements

Georgia's HB 361 and 362 Aim to Strengthen
Two bills have been approved by the Georgia House of Representatives that Republican supporters claim will protect workers and boost market competition, a claim Democrats and labor refute. HB361 and HB362 passed along party lines despite the opposition view that they serve only to bolster Georgia’s anti-union image. Both bills have strong...
Feb
2013
26

Investigation Reveals VA Gov. McDonnell Orchestrated Ouster of Pro-PLA MWAA Members

Investigation Reveals VA Gov. McDonnell Orchestrated Ouster of Pro-PLA MWAA Members
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) was designed as a non-partisan committee that would be insulated from political pressures. The regional board has four jurisdictions — D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the Federal government — all of whose delegates’ terms are staggered to prevent any Governor or Mayor from...
Jan
2013
4

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an Ironworker, is Leading the Charge to Ensure that Sandy Reconstruction Provides Good Jobs with Workplace Protections

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an Ironworker, is Leading the Charge to Ensure that Sandy Reconstruction Provides Good Jobs with Workplace Protections
As New Jersey prepares to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney is proposing a bill that would make some of the largest projects eligible for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). For New Jersey construction workers who experienced high unemployment rates throughout 2012, this is good news as it means good jobs with quality...
Dec
2012
21

Boston Globe Op-Ed Calls Organized Labor “the Ultimate One Percenter,” Is Immediately Taken to Task

Boston Globe Op-Ed Calls Organized Labor
A flawed Boston Globe opinion piece by former Governor Mitt Romney staffer Charles Chieppo unsuccessfully tried to compare unions in Massachusetts to the “one percent” and has been rebutted more than once a result. Chieppo’s faulty logic went a little something like this: During the recent campaign, Massachusetts Democrats...
Dec
2012
18

Cottage Grove, MN City Hall, Built Under “Best Value Model,” Comes in $2 Million Under Budget

Cottage Grove, MN City Hall, Built Under
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post suggested a Project Labor Agreement was used when in fact the “Best Value Model” approach was taken. In Cottage Grove, Minnesota, the city’s Public Safety Building was outgrown by the city’s population. The town’s two jail cells, housed therein and built in 1968, no longer...
Dec
2012
6

San Diego Inks Project Labor Agreement for What Will Be Nation’s Largest Water Desalination Plant

San Diego Inks Project Labor Agreement for What Will Be Nation's Largest Water Desalination Plant
In an effort to diversify its water source and combat future price surges, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted last week to approve a landmark purchase of 56,000 acre-feet water a year from what will soon be the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant. It will be located in Carlsbad, California. With...
Dec
2012
3

KY’s “Construction Pipeline” Is a Model for Boosting Diversity, Apprenticeship

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Across the nation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and other construction trade unions have been putting contracts in place that mandate diversity in the ranks. In Kentucky, “The Construction Pipeline” is being viewed as a national model for other regions to follow. According to Local 369 Joint Apprentice...
Nov
2012
28

Oneida Indian Nation’s 7th PLA Will Create 300 Jobs

Oneida Indian Nation's 7th PLA Will Create 300 Jobs
A newly-signed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Central and Northern New York Building Trades will provide much needed construction jobs throughout the winter months as construction begins on four new entertainment centers that will be added to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Dubbed “Exit 33,”...
Nov
2012
26

With Propositions Z and S, California Has Written the Blueprint for Defending PLAs and Funding Quality School Construction

With Propositions Z and S, California Has Written the Blueprint for Defending PLAs and Funding Quality School Construction
Of the $11 billion in construction bonds approved in California this November, the largest portion by far came from the $2.8 billion property tax measure (Proposition Z) to finance current and future facility needs for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). It is also one of the largest projects in the region to include [&hellip...