Archive for the ‘PLA!’ Category

Sep
2011
27

NJ Republican Transcends Party, Votes In Favor of Salem County Project Labor Agreement Again

NJ Republican Transcends Party, Votes In Favor of Salem County Project Labor Agreement Again
Salem County, New Jersey officials have approved a $5 million Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to build new county offices after a 5-2 vote late last week. It is the New Jersey County’s first PLA. Originally passed in May by a 6–1 vote, the language of the PLA had to be reworked as New Jersey trade ...
Sep
2011
23

Virginia GOP Continues to Jeopardize Workers, Taxpayer Dollars In Dulles Metrorail Hold Up

Virginia GOP Continues to Jeopardize Workers, Taxpayer Dollars In Dulles Metrorail Hold Up
Virginia Republicans are holding the second phase of the metrorail project to Dulles International Airport hostage with hopes of making names for themselves on the Conservative stage. Questioning the legality of the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that has been entered in to in order to complete Phase II (just as Phase I) on time and ...
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Sep
2011
13

PLA Roundup: IN Mayor Touts Ford Center, IA Gov Strikes a Court Victory, NV Job Comes to Halt

PLA Roundup: IN Mayor Touts Ford Center, IA Gov Strikes a Court Victory, NV Job Comes to Halt
INDIANA Evansville, IN mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel recently made a splash by speaking on behalf of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns in favor of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Republican lawmakers in Indiana have placed tougher restrictions on PLAs in the past year and many have wishes of doing away with them completely. Weinzapfel spoke...
Sep
2011
10

California’s SB922, Which Ensures Taxpayer Protections and Leaves the Door Open to Union Construction, Reaches Governor’s Desk

The approval of SB922 by the California Senate and Assembly ensures that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public construction projects include taxpayer protection provisions and will empower the governing boards of local entities to decide whether or not to use PLAs that include such provisions on their local projects. The bill was sponsored by...
Sep
2011
8

California Democrats Introduce Legislation to Overturn PLA Bans as San Diego Upholds PLAs for School Construction

On the day after Labor Day, California Democrats introduced Senate Bill 922, legislation which seeks to overturn local blanket bans on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for public works projects. The bill would also bar state funds from being used on projects by agencies that ban PLAs. State Senator Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, expressed support...
Aug
2011
4

Arizona Conservative Spins Anti-Union Legislation As “Pro-Freedom”

Arizona Conservative Spins Anti-Union Legislation As “Pro-Freedom”
Legislation banning Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) — the pre-hire contracts long sought by construction unions to ensure standards of skill and safety, local hiring, minor and womens’ hiring and training of new workforce entrants — is not popular by any means, but it does exist. Seven states have such legislation, unilaterally...
Aug
2011
2

MA Union Leader Responds to Slanted Boston Herald Editorial About Project Labor Agreements

Last week, the Boston Herald ran an editorial that was highly critical of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), the pre-hire contracts long sought by unions and contractors alike to ensure local hire, minority and womens’ inclusion, higher safety standards and the training of apprentices on large-scale construction projects. PLAs, the Herald...
Jul
2011
28

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Project Labor Agreement Act

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Project Labor Agreement Act
In a move that Building Trades union members hope will set a precedent for Governors in other states, Pat Quinn of Illinois yesterday signed The Project Labor Agreement Act, HB 2987, which local news affiliate ABC-7 says “aims to ensure a fair bidding process for women and minority-owned businesses seeking state contracts.” PHOTOS of...
Jul
2011
19

PLA/CWA Conference Recap

PLA/CWA Conference Recap
It’s not about labor peace. We’re part of the community. We’re coaches in the little league, we’re volunteer firemen. At the end of last week, We Party Patriots had the privilege of attending and presenting at the inaugural Project Labor Agreement/Community Workforce Agreement Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. It was put...
Jun
2011
30

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed
Unemployed Union workers in Southern California have something to celebrate as Los Angeles city officials have announced a Project Labor Agreement that would cover $1.5 billion worth of port projects. The agreement will set wages for workers, reserve jobs for people living in depressed local neighborhoods, and prevent work stoppages. The Los...
Jun
2011
14

GOP Stands With Labor Again, Defeats Anti-PLA, Davis-Bacon Amendments for the 3rd Time This Year

GOP Stands With Labor Again, Defeats Anti-PLA, Davis-Bacon Amendments for the 3rd Time This Year
While the media’s limited coverage of labor unions focuses on clashes between the GOP and public sector employees, private sector unions, construction in particular, have shaped a different narrative in 2011: one of frequent victory on behalf of workers, often via bipartisan agreement. Take the prevailing wage: In the last week alone,...