Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Jan
2014
6

Labor-Backed School Construction Agreement Gets Court Nod in Ohio

  A northern Ohio battle over whether to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to develop the Lorain school district took a surprising turn last week. State involvement and broken contracts preceded the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas’ new order to move forward with the originally-approved PLA.  A lawsuit filed by the North Central...
Dec
2013
18

What About Bob? Contractors Entering into PLAs on Dulles Silver Line Despite Gov’s Opposition

What About Bob? Contractors Entering into PLAs on Dulles Silver Line Despite Gov's Opposition
  When the second phase of the Dulles Silver Line project was taking shape, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) briefly became a hot topic in Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell found himself in hot topic hot water when an investigation into the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) found that he had orchestrated the ouster of pro-PLA...
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Dec
2013
18

Georgia Nuclear Unit Construction Experiencing Great Success Under Project Labor Agreement

Georgia Nuclear Unit Construction Experiencing Great Success Under Project Labor Agreement
  Construction of units 3 and 4 at the Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia is ahead of schedule according to Georgia Power officials, another hallmark success story for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  The nuclear units are the first to be built in the United States in nearly three decades and, as we reported last year, [&hellip...
Dec
2013
17

$400M PLA a Go for SoCal Community College

$400M PLA a Go for SoCal Community College
  In California, the Southwestern Community College governing board has approved a Community Benefits Agreement (commonly referred to as a Project Labor Agreement) for its Proposition R projects.  The ballot initiative encouraging the project was passed in 2008 with 71 percent of voters approving the $389 million loan to the college.  Now,...
Dec
2013
5

California County Votes in Favor of Project Labor Agreements for Large-Scale Construction

  By a 5-2 margin, the Solano Community College Board of Trustees decided to move forward with Project Labor Agreements for Measure Q-funded bonds.  The PLAs will be required for all projects over $4.5 million but will not include maintenance and operational projects.  The PLAs will also include “local hire” provisions which encourage a...
Nov
2013
4

New Work Giants: PLA Entered Into for Massive “American Dream Meadowlands” Project

New Work Giants: PLA Entered Into for Massive
  Triple Five Worldwide, developers of the proposed American Dream Meadowlands project in East Rutherford, NJ, have signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with local unions in advance of the project’s final approval.  The development, which is being billed as “one of the largest and most unique shopping, entertainment and tourism...
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...
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...