Archive for the ‘PLA’ Category

Mar
2012
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Illinois Signs PLA for Renewable Power Project, Will Create 1,400 Jobs, Power 1.4 Million Homes

Illinois Signs PLA for Renewable Power Project, Will Create 1,400 Jobs, Power 1.4 Million Homes
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced an agreement that will enable the construction of an overhead, high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) transmission line to deliver 3,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable power from neighboring states. The agreement between Rock Island Clean Line, LLC and Illinois-based Southwire was announced by Governor Quinn at the…
Mar
2012
4

Minnesota Super-Gov., Mark Dayton, to Lead Rally for New Stadium, Union Jobs on Tuesday

Minnesota Super-Gov., Mark Dayton, to Lead Rally for New Stadium, Union Jobs on Tuesday
Continuing in his role as most active, awesome Governor in the U.S., Minnesota’s Mark Dayton will lead a rally on Tuesday in support of a job-creating football stadium: Minneapolis City Council members will soon be contacted by up to 30,000 job-hungry labor union members, all eager for the construction work a new Minnesota Vikings stadium …
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Mar
2012
2

“At this time, the county of Ventura has 34 active public works contracts. Three out of five of these contracts are with contractors from outside Ventura County.”

Project Labor Agreements draw the ire of anti-union Republicans because they view them as a union vs. non-union issue. Yet, many demographics benefit from PLAs, including the demographic of ‘people who get their name called thanks to local hiring provisions therein.’ Maricela Morales of the Ventura County Star recently wrote a piece…
Mar
2012
2

MASSIVE! Federal Judge Rules Michigan’s Ban of Project Labor Agreements is Unconstitutional

MASSIVE! Federal Judge Rules Michigan’s Ban of Project Labor Agreements is Unconstitutional
In a decision that will have massively positive implications for the state, its workers and construction owners alike, a Federal judge has ruled that Michigan’s recent ban of Project Labor Agreements is unconstitutional: U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of the Michigan Building and…
Mar
2012
1

The 49ers Become Second NFL Team to Enter Into Local Hire-Ensuring PLA this Offseason

The 49ers Become Second NFL Team to Enter Into Local Hire-Ensuring PLA this Offseason
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the construction of their new stadium in Santa Clara, California. The PLA that involves the NFC runners up was initiated by the stadium design-build contractor Turner/Devcon and the Santa Clara Building Trades Council. It will ensure, among other efficiencies and standards,…
Feb
2012
28

The Anti-Union ABC is Wasting Taxpayer Time, Forcing California to Draft a Law that Enforces Another They Already Passed

Hearings are approaching on California Senate Bill 829, legislation aimed at enforcing an already-passed law dictating that local governments can not receive state funding for construction if they enact a blanket ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for public works. Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 922, disqualifying local…
Feb
2012
24

Romney Bashing Unions, Taking Credit for ’02 Olympics, But Unions Made the Games Possible

Romney Bashing Unions, Taking Credit for ’02 Olympics, But Unions Made the Games Possible
Last weekend, Mitt Romney set off a maelstrom of critique from both parties when he crowed about the success of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. Romney was the president of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee and was responsible for attracting federal funding to the event. Democrats quickly attacked Romney for making the 2002 …
Feb
2012
23

Ivanpah Solar Project to Create Over 1,400 Union Jobs, Double U.S. Output of Thermal Electricity

Ivanpah Solar Project to Create Over 1,400 Union Jobs, Double U.S. Output of Thermal Electricity
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been awarded the CSP Project of the Year by Solar Power Generation USA. The plant, currently being built in the Mojave desert, is going to become the largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the world upon completion. It will double the United States’ output of thermal electricity …
Feb
2012
16

GOP Obstructionism No Match for Public Interest as Dulles Metrorail Moves Forward with PLA

GOP Obstructionism No Match for Public Interest as Dulles Metrorail Moves Forward with PLA
The Virginia GOP has lost their losing battle with the public interest as, at long last, the second stage of the Dulles Metrorail extension will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). In a 20-19 vote (one Republican abstained), a bill that would have prevented the use of a PLA in “Right-to-Work” Virginia will …
Feb
2012
15

New York PLA Expected to Save Nursing Home Over $700,000 In Construction Costs

New York PLA Expected to Save Nursing Home Over $700,000 In Construction Costs
Local workers in Glenville, New York may be headed back to the job site soon as Schenectady County officials have signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council for work on the Glendale Nursing Home. According to the Times Union, the county has estimated that the deal …
Feb
2012
8

Building Trades, UNITE HERE Sign Jobs Agreements With the Vikings for a New Stadium

Building Trades, UNITE HERE Sign Jobs Agreements With the Vikings for a New Stadium
On Monday, labor leaders, community partners and top officials representing the governments of Minnesota and Minneapolis announced as their top priority the construction of a new Vikings Stadium to help bring jobs to the area. Early estimates state that a new Vikings stadium could bring 13,000 construction-related jobs and $300 million in payroll…
Feb
2012
7

YEAH WRONG: NH Tea Partier Sends Letter to Obama Asking Him to Rescind EO on PLAs

YEAH WRONG: NH Tea Partier Sends Letter to Obama Asking Him to Rescind EO on PLAs
New Hampshire Tea Party Senator Kelly Ayotte has spoken out (again) in opposition to Project Labor Agreements, this time in regards to a proposed Job Corps Center in her home state: In a letter to Obama released Monday, Ayotte asked the President to reverse his executive order requiring federal projects over $25 million to consider …