Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Feb
2013
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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...
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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...
Nov
2012
26

New Prevailing Wage Video Creeps Toward 2,000 Views, Features We Party Patriots Screen Shot

New Prevailing Wage Video Creeps Toward 2,000 Views, Features We Party Patriots Screen Shot
Look, we’re not trying to fool anybody. We know full well that some of the topics we like to focus on here don’t exactly fall under the “sexy” category. There aren’t any celeb sightings or Petraeus pics. Heck, we hardly cover elections. But the issues that are most often overlooked — prevailing wage, employee...
Nov
2012
19

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”
San Diego’s $520 million Convention Center expansion will hire local workers and veterans. This is a significant step forward for local construction workers that have been impacted by the downturn, with shovels in the ground expected sometime next year. This is even more interesting, because it comes on the heels of an anti-union ballot in...
Nov
2012
19

Michigan Judge: Project Labor Agreement Ban is Unconstitutional…Still.

In Michigan, a Judge in the U.S. District Court has placed a preliminary injunction on a state law that prohibits public sector Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). This ruling halts a law that was previously passed by state legislature in what has been an ongoing, see-saw battle over the use of PLAs in the Great Lakes [&hellip...
Nov
2012
15

Under PLA, Workforce on Georgia’s Vogtle Nuclear Plant Expansion Is 40% Military Veterans

Under PLA, Workforce on Georgia's Vogtle Nuclear Plant Expansion Is 40% Military Veterans
In Georgia, two new units at the Vogtle nuclear plant (built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement) currently employ 2,300 workers, 40 percent of whom are military veterans: “Veterans continue to be strong candidates for jobs on the Vogtle 3 and 4 project, as the cultures of the military and the utility industry [&hellip...