Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Jul
2012
6

$3 Billion Project Labor Agreement in British Columbia Achieves 50% Local Hire

$3 Billion Project Labor Agreement in British Columbia Achieves 50% Local Hire
In Kitimat, British Columbia, 1,600 workers are currently employed on the $3.3 billion modernization of an aluminum smelter. The project began in 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014. It is being built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that allows for flexible scheduling, something that is necessary to prevent labor shortages …
Jun
2012
22

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge PLA Comes With Half a Billion Dollar Cost Savings

New York's Tappan Zee Bridge PLA Comes With Half a Billion Dollar Cost Savings
In case you haven’t heard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently reached a huge deal with the New York Thruway Authority and the state’s Building Trades unions to build the Tappan Zee Bridge under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project, which will create 45,000 jobs, is one of the nation’s largest proposed infrastructure…
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Jun
2012
19

Obama, Rep. Hinchey Have Sights on a PLA for West Point Construction

Obama, Rep. Hinchey Have Sights on a PLA for West Point Construction
After securing the funding for new barracks to alleviate severe overcrowding at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is now pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the project under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in order to ensure efficiency and lower costs. Forty percent of rooms …
Jun
2012
6

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected
The second phase of the Dulles Metrorail expansion in Northern Virginia has become an unrelenting political game between the state’s Far Right GOP and worker representatives. The first phase of the project was built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) but the Virginia GOP is now holding up the second phase, refusing to move forward …
Jun
2012
5

The Rational Center Strikes Back: House Votes to Support PLAs…Again.

The Rational Center Strikes Back: House Votes to Support PLAs...Again.
The last few weeks have been a roller coaster for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in the House of Representatives. After 8 absent Democrats allowed a narrow initial 211-209 passage of language banning PLAs to sneak into the Department of Defense Authorization Bill despite 28 Republicans supporting labor’s position, another vote came up at…
Jun
2012
4

Leading Black Trade Unionists Vouch for Diversity Enhancing Qualities of Project Labor Agreements

In St. Louis, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists recently had its 41st annual convention, the last to be presided over by the only President the professional organization has ever known, William “Bill” Lucy. Lucy’s outlook is somewhat grim though he does see one possibility for improvement: “When you have 35 percent…
May
2012
25

Hawaii Gov. Says Project Labor Agreements Will Be Used on State Funded Public Works

Hawaii Gov. Says Project Labor Agreements Will Be Used on State Funded Public Works
In Hawaii, Governor Neil Abercrombie this week issued a directive that Project Labor Agreements will be used on various state funded construction projects. Citing an improving economy where steps must be taken to ensure timely construction, Abercrombie says he hopes PLAs will bring new opportunity to workers on all of Hawaii’s islands: A…
May
2012
23

Meridien, CT Mayor Breaks 6-6 Tie, Votes in Favor of $220 Million Project Labor Agreement

In Meriden, Connecticut, the months-long debate about whether or not to use a Project Labor Agreement on the proposed $220 million renovations of Maloney and Platt High Schools has finally come to an end. Mayor Michael S. Rohde was thrust into the unusual role of tie-breaker on Monday night nudging a deadlocked Meridien City Council …
May
2012
22

San Diego’s Attempt to Ban PLAs Could Lead to “Financial Disaster,” State Controller Says

San Diego's Attempt to Ban PLAs Could Lead to
A proposed ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) by the city of San Diego, California, on the June ballot is taking an interesting turn with the city sounding the alarm to Wall Street about the financial risks of such a ban. The city is at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars for critical …
May
2012
18

TWO NEW: Long Beach and Commerce, CA Put Pen to Paper on a Pair of Project Labor Agreements

TWO NEW: Long Beach and Commerce, CA Put Pen to Paper on a Pair of Project Labor Agreements
While Mitt Romney is bringing Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) into the nation’s purview via disparaging remarks on the campaign trail, California is providing the antidote to such partisan venom and approving PLAs in order to ensure efficiency, diversity and local hire on publicly funded projects. In Long Beach, CA the Port of Long Beach…
May
2012
18

VIDEO: Union Members, Open Shop Supporters Issue Public Comments in Meridien, CT PLA Debate

VIDEO: Union Members, Open Shop Supporters Issue Public Comments in Meridien, CT PLA Debate
The debate over whether or not to use a Project Labor Agreements on a $250 million Meridien, Connecticut school project has been raging for months, but it appears that it will finally be settled next Monday night. Two months ago, 1500 people turned out in favor of the PLA and last night public comments were …
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 …