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MA Gov. Patrick on Use of PLAs: “We Can Show Significant Savings”

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On Tuesday Night, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered his final State of the State address.  Patrick touched on his own legacy of balanced budgets, land conservation, and the state’s booming tech sector in the speech to the House Chamber in Boston.  He also spoke about his administration’s loyalty to labor, which has included expanded use of Project Labor Agreements and an aggressive fight against worker misclassification.  

On the topic of unions, Patrick said:

This Commonwealth has been a friend to organized labor as well. We’ve worked together to make organizing easier through card check legislation, and by extending the right to organize to Personal Care Attendants and Home-based Early Ed Providers. We’ve worked together to crack down on the misclassification of workers and the abuse of wage and hour laws. We’ve used project labor agreements on large, complex infrastructure projects where we can show (and you can deliver) significant savings. And we’ve given you a seat at the table in my Cabinet and in every major reform we have undertaken. I am proud of our work with Massachusetts unions.

Patrick also used his final speech to touch on the growing problem of income inequality, calling for a raise of the state’s minimum wage.  He earned the night’s only standing ovation after challenging opponents of this idea, saying: “To those who are reluctant to raise the minimum wage, I ask only that, before you resolve to oppose it, consider whether you could live on it.

Full text of Patrick’s speech.


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