Posts Tagged ‘Project Labor Agreements’

Nov
2014
17

Fresno’s Ban on Project Labor Agreements, Ignorance of Prevailing Wage Reversed by City Council

  The Fresno City Council has voted to approve two measures which will repeal its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and require the prevailing wage to be paid on municipal public works projects.  The two measures bring the city in line with new state bills — SB 922, SB 829, and SB 7 — [&hellip…;
Nov
2014
3

Misleader in the Polls: Comstock’s Project Labor Agreement Hate Turns Into Fact Fudging

Misleader in the Polls: Comstock's Project Labor Agreement Hate Turns Into Fact Fudging
  And the partisan bickering over the Dulles Metrorail expansion continues. The race for Virginia’s 10th congressional district is offering up yet another chapter in the never-ending saga of the Silver Line and its economic impact. (See our previous coverage of this issue here, here, here, and here.) On October 13th, Susan Falconer,…
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Oct
2014
22

Ban the Ban: SD Joins Host of CA Cities Salvaging State Funds Ahead of SB7’s Implementation

  On Monday the San Diego City Council voted to affirm a compromise that would allow the city to operate under Proposition A’s exception clause in order to continue to receive funds from the state after SB7 goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.  The agreement was reached after Gov. Jerry Brown, State Assembly Speaker [&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…
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…
Aug
2012
28

City, State and Team Inch Closer to Using a PLA for the New Minnesota Vikings Stadium

City, State and Team Inch Closer to Using a PLA for the New Minnesota Vikings Stadium
Since the Minnesota legislature passed funding for a new Vikings football stadium in May, Governor Mark Dayton has promised the project will bring much-needed jobs to Minneapolis. To boot, a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is likely to be used so the region’s workers are feeling assured that the jobs will stay local. Members of the [&hellip…;
May
2012
14

Court Deems $6 Billion Worth of NYC Project Labor Agreements Fully Legal

Court Deems $6 Billion Worth of NYC Project Labor Agreements Fully Legal
A Second Circuit panel has decided that Project Labor Agreements between the City of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) of Greater New York do not violate federal labor laws. The BCTC, which represents roughly 50 regional unions, has $6 billion of work committed to various PLAs through 2014. These PLAs [&hellip…;
May
2012
9

Vikings Stadium Bill Clears MN Legislature but Team Owners Will Have to Pay Extra $100M

Vikings Stadium Bill Clears MN Legislature but Team Owners Will Have to Pay Extra $100M
UPDATE: The stadium proposal has passed the Senate as well. See who voted how via IUOE Local 49. Minnesota’s effort to replace the aging Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play, progressed on Monday when the House passed a stadium proposal by a vote of 73-58. It now moves on to the Senate. The $975 stadium [&hellip…;
Apr
2012
13

Important Bill Protecting PLAs in California is Approved, Passes Full Assembly

Important Bill Protecting PLAs in California is Approved, Passes Full Assembly
The following announcement was made by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California… *** An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the state…
Mar
2012
27

4,000 Jobs, $2 Billion in “Economic Impact” Slated for Long Beach Bridge Construction

4,000 Jobs, $2 Billion in “Economic Impact” Slated for Long Beach Bridge Construction
Construction tradesmen are waiting anxiously to find out who will be awarded a $700 million contract to replace the Gerald Desmond bridge in Long Beach. A Project Labor Agreement that would ensure local and minority hire, as well as safety and wage provisions, has been discussed but not yet approved: Proposals for the new bridge, [&hellip…;
Mar
2012
21

CEO Pens Pro-PLA Piece, Suggests Union and Non-Union Participation on WA Transit Project

CEO Pens Pro-PLA Piece, Suggests Union and Non-Union Participation on WA Transit Project
A recent opinion piece by Pat McCarthy and Joni Earl in Washington state’s The News Tribune discusses the efficient nature of construction projects when issues are ironed out before construction begins under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Speaking about Sound Transit’s new project to build more than $9.5 worth of light rail line,…
Mar
2012
20

A Teamsters Apprenticeship Through Helmets to Hardhats Turned an Afghanistan War Vet’s Life Around

The Helmets to Hardhats program, which helps returning service veterans find careers in the construction trades, is often cited as a government program that lives up to its goals. The program is a feature of many Project Labor Agreements, the pre-hire contracts frequently entered into between federal, state and local municipalities when building…