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2013
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Washington State Coal Export Facility PLA Will Create 1,350 Jobs, $70M in Wages, $5M in Tax Revenue

WA Building Tradesmen discuss facility plans at Millenium (via MilleniumBulk.com)


Construction of a new coal export facility in Washington state will be done under a community-friendly Project Labor Agreement (PLA) entered into between the Australian-based Millennium Bulk Terminals and the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC). The new facility is expected to support 1,350 direct jobs, create $70 million in direct wages, and provide $232 million in direct business spending to the region.  

The PLA provides family-wage jobs for workers in Cowlitz County and also helps the region by encouraging locally-sourced construction materials and supplies:

From Millenium’s statement:

This agreement goes well beyond jobs for our members; it is for the entire community,” said Jeff Washburn president of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council. “With so much money injected into the local economy providing living wage jobs and preferences for local sourcing of materials, like tools, welding supplies, electrical and plumbing supplies, steel and concrete, Millennium will help to get our local economy back on track.”

Mike Bridges, business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, suggests that the PLA will help build the region’s workforce via important apprenticeship opportunities:

“Construction projects of this size and duration offer great opportunities for our Building Trades members in the community, and will create much needed entry level career opportunities throughout the trades apprenticeship programs. Our workforce, along with our industry partners, has a proven track record of completing these types of projects in the most efficient and safest manner possible.”

The agreement outlines more details of who is involved with the project:

Millennium, the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Myers, Longview Building and Construction Trades Council President Jeff Washburn, and the 13 building trades crafts; Plumbers and Pipefitters, Electricians, Laborers, Iron Workers, Painters & Allied Trades, Bricklayers & Allied Craft workers, Cement Masons, Boilermakers, Heat & Frost Insulators, Roofers, Sprinkler Fitters, Sheet Metal Workers and Teamsters.

Upon completion, the facility will be used to export coal mined in Montana and Wyoming that will be shipped via the Columbia River. Estimates state that the new facility will generate $5 million in tax revenue for state and county governments.

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