Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Oct
2012
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High Hopes for PLA on Virginia’s I-95 HOT Lanes Project Following Recent Successes

High Hopes for PLA on Virginia's I-95 HOT Lanes Project Following Recent Successes
A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been signed between prime contractor Fluor-Lane 95, LLC and the Northern Virginia affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) that will set the standards that govern the $1 billion I-95 HOT Lanes project. The express lanes on I-95 will take two and a half years to …
Oct
2012
18

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Signs PLA Ordinance, Affirms Support for PLAs on Twitter

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Signs PLA Ordinance, Affirms Support for PLAs on Twitter
Cory Booker, Newark Mayor and rising star in the Democratic party, has signed into law an ordinance requiring contractors to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on certain construction projects. The ordinance requires contractors to make “good faith” efforts to hire local residents. The PLAs will only pertain to public projects…
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Oct
2012
15

Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility, Under PLA, Earns Award

Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility, Under PLA, Earns Award
In a regional competition sponsored by leading construction publication Engineering News-Record, King County’s Brightwater Project was selected as one of the Northwest’s best achievements in design and structure and will compete with other regional winners in a national competition this fall. The Washington state wastewater treatment…
Oct
2012
8

“A failed PLA substitution could cost Virginia taxpayers and Dulles Toll Road users millions.”

The recent NFL replacement referee debacle has given supporters of organized labor reason to highlight other industries and workforces which suffer when union labor is snubbed. Last week, Dennis L. Martire, LIUNA Mid-Atlantic manager and former Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority board member, did just that in a letter to the Fairfax Times….
Sep
2012
19

Vikings, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Zero in on Architect for Stadium PLA

Vikings, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Zero in on Architect for Stadium PLA
A new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is one step closer to reality. The team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) are choosing an architect for the planned $975 million project. A decision is scheduled by October 5th. Set to be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), the stadium will bring jobs to …
Sep
2012
11

“Always Vote Your Job”: Vocal Sheet Metal Worker Insists that Building Trades Members Support Obama Come November

Despite the GOP’s fiercely anti-union party platform, some socially conservative members of Building Trades unions may still be tempted to vote against their best interests in November, a move that Todd Farally, a Sheet Metal Worker from Philadelphia, says they will regret if Mitt Romney makes good on promises to strip the power of unions …
Sep
2012
10

Since 1998, 12 Out of 18 NFL Stadium Projects Have Been Done Under a Project Labor Agreement

Since 1998, 12 Out of 18 NFL Stadium Projects Have Been Done Under a Project Labor Agreement
Yesterday’s big first NFL day was pretty magical. How could it not be, right!? Football’s back. Not so fast. Many in the labor movement are down on the NFL for their use of replacement referees (or, scabs!) during a referee lockout that is potentially endangering players and certainly driving down wages. Still, several games this …
Sep
2012
5

Democratic Party Platform Seeks to Deter Misclassification, Prevent Paycheck Deception

Democratic Party Platform Seeks to Deter Misclassification, Prevent Paycheck Deception
“The American middle class is under assault after a prior GOP administration that was bent on destroying unions, the president and the Democratic Party believe in the right to organize” and in “supporting American workers with strong labor laws.” These words come from the pages of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform, being…
Aug
2012
30

New GOP Platform Seeks to Abolish PLAs and Davis-Bacon, Institute “Right-to-Work” Nationally

New GOP Platform Seeks to Abolish PLAs and Davis-Bacon, Institute
Frankly, I’m shocked. Shocked at the audacity and recklessness of the new GOP party platform despite scouring links and stories and opinions by the hundreds daily that indicate the extremity of the party’s leaders. The GOP has gone above and beyond their established levels of zeal and one-sidedness with their radical new party…
Aug
2012
30

In Rochester, PLAs and the ROAR Program Have Generated High Rates of Minority and Female Involvement

In Rochester, PLAs and the ROAR Program Have Generated High Rates of Minority and Female Involvement
Part of the appeal of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is that they mandate a certain percentage of contractors and apprentices be minorities in order to strengthen communities and the construction industry as a whole. In Rochester, ROAR (Reaching Occupational Achievement for Residents of Rochester), has been helping hundreds of families in the…
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 …
Aug
2012
20

Veterans Administration, Refusing to Use PLAs, Sees 38 of 55 Current Construction Projects Behind Schedule

Veterans Administration, Refusing to Use PLAs, Sees 38 of 55 Current Construction Projects Behind Schedule
The Veterans Administration (VA) has again rejected the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on its new wave of construction across the nation, according to a press release from the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO. As a result, the VA is experiencing cost overruns, scheduling delays and rampant use of illegal …