Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Aug
2012
15

NJ MAYOR: Building Trades PLA is “Very Competitive,” Jobs Should Remain Local

NJ MAYOR: Building Trades PLA is “Very Competitive,” Jobs Should Remain Local
After reviewing a package of proposals by the Hudson County Building & Construction Trades Council (HCBCTC), Weehawken, New Jersey Mayor Richard Turner has praised union work and set goals for Project Labor Agreements to be used on new projects along his city’s waterfront developments. “The unions have put together a competitive…
Aug
2012
13

World’s Largest Solar Power Generating System, Under PLA, Reaches Halfway Construction Point

World's Largest Solar Power Generating System, Under PLA, Reaches Halfway Construction Point
Construction on the world’s largest solar electric generating system has reached the half way point and has reached its peak construction workforce. More than 2,100 workers are currently building the $2.3 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Ivanpah SEGS) which is on track to be completed in 2013. The 370 (net) megawat solar…
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Aug
2012
8

Mass. Dept of Transportation Secretary: ABC is Wrong, PLAs Don’t Raise Costs

Mass. Dept of Transportation Secretary: ABC is Wrong, PLAs Don't Raise Costs
An interesting op-ed exchange in the Lowell Sun is putting on display the Associated Builders and Contractors’ willingness to say just about anything to portray Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in a negative light. In a letter, “Gov’s insistence on PLA’s excludes majority of state’s skilled labor,” ABC of…
Aug
2012
7

New Jersey’s Cumberland County Ignoring State Law Mandating PLA for Vine Street School Project

New Jersey's Cumberland County Ignoring State Law Mandating PLA for Vine Street School Project
In Cumberland County, New Jersey, unemployment rates among some construction trades still hover around 40 percent. As many union workers make hard decisions about their family budgets while waiting for work to come to their area, the local government is turning a blind eye to their hardships by bypassing state laws which mandate Project Labor …
Aug
2012
1

GO FIGURE: Anti-Union ABC Names Anti-Union Rep. Guinta “Legislator of the Year”

GO FIGURE: Anti-Union ABC Names Anti-Union Rep. Guinta
New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta’s desire to appease his campaign donors and push construction tradesmen and women off the cliff has earned him the title of “Legislator of the Year” from none other than the staunchly anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). According to New Hampshire Labor News, since accepting…
Jul
2012
31

In Op-Eds, Boston Globe (Finally) Prints the Union Side of the PLA Story

In Op-Eds, Boston Globe (Finally) Prints the Union Side of the PLA Story
On July 20th, we were discouraged by the big, Boston-area newspapers for refusing to publish an op-ed in response to a piece they ran demonizing Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Last week, though, The Boston Globe published two op-ed’s that finally provided some support, from the union standpoint, for the central role of PLAs in the …
Jul
2012
23

L.A.’s Water Replenishment District PLA Is Good News for 150,000 Area Workers

In 2008, citing the need to employ local tradesmen and women in order to stimulate the economy, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) adopted a resolution to establish Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for district construction projects. On Friday, a signed agreement finalized the resolution between the WRD and the Los…
Jul
2012
20

Boston Globe, Boston Herald Exhibit Editorial Bias by Not Printing Rebuttals to Anti-PLA Pieces

A week ago, the Boston Globe published an imbalanced piece that, for the most part, borrowed anti-Project Labor Agreement talking points from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), a staunchly anti-union group. We took to Twitter to try to drum up some noise on the matter because false claims on “less sexy” topics need to …
Jul
2012
19

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension
In Wallkill, NY, a project to renovate Exit 122 of Route 17 was re-bid on Tuesday with provisions that mandate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Work on the project was halted in March when the original, lowest bidder began legal proceedings to fight for the contract because it went to the second-lowest bidder. This bidder, …
Jul
2012
17

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades
As the Oklahoma City Thunder charged through the playoffs to the NBA Finals this season, many basketball fans in Seattle were left with the bittersweet feeling of watching their former team succeed elsewhere. In 2008, the Supersonics left Seattle after years of battling with local lawmakers. In Oklahoma City, a new arena awaited. Now, hedge …
Jul
2012
17

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy
The revamping of the Harvard “house system” — an integral part of the Harvard experience — is being done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project will create an estimated 3,600 local construction jobs and help modernize the campus while simultaneously stimulating the economy. The City of Cambridge will receive…
Jul
2012
10

Boehner, Portman Speak at ABC Legislative Conference, Make No Mention of PLAs, Davis-Bacon

Boehner, Portman Speak at ABC Legislative Conference, Make No Mention of PLAs, Davis-Bacon
I’ll admit it. When I was alerted to the fact that House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Rob Portman (both Ohio Republicans) would be speaking at the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) legislative conference in Washington, D.C. this morning, I figured I’d be sitting here now writing an article rebuking all sorts of…