Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

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...
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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...
Apr
2013
17

Washington State Coal Export Facility PLA Will Create 1,350 Jobs, $70M in Wages, $5M in Tax Revenue

Washington State Coal Export Facility PLA Will Create 1,350 Jobs, $70M in Wages, $5M in Tax Revenue
Construction of a new coal export facility in Washington state will be done under a community-friendly Project Labor Agreement (PLA) entered into between the Australian-based Millennium Bulk Terminals and the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC). The new facility is expected to support 1,350 direct jobs, create $70...
Apr
2013
8

Are Non-Union Contractors Abstaining from Bidding on Projects to Undermine PLAs?

Are Non-Union Contractors Abstaining from Bidding on Projects to Undermine PLAs?
It has been over a year since we first addressed Meriden, Connecticut’s interest in a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for school construction which required a tie-breaking vote cast by the city’s Mayor for approval. So, it is rather shocking to read about new developments in what seemed like an “old news” item. But an article...
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...
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...