Project Labor Agreements

Ohio Senate rejects House ban on project labor Agreements
Ohio Senate rejects House ban on project labor pacts Local governments can continue to use project labor agreements on construction projects after the state Senate on Tuesday squashed a House-passed bill that would have largely banned them. A House chamber voted 51-42 for a union-related bill that would have prevented state and local governments from requiring the use of project labor agreements on projects that include state funding. The Senate voted 25-8 less than an hour later to reject changes to Senate Bill 152. The overwhelming Senate vote, combined with the narrow House vote, means the bill is probably dead. 11 House Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill, which also would have prohibited cities from imposing residency requirements for workers on public construction projects. The vote followed a long, debate in which supporters argued that project labor agreements increase costs and reduce competition among those bidding on a project. "The purpose of this is to put government in the position where it's unbiased," said Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy. "They are simply saying, `Show us your bid. All we're going to look at is the actual elements of the bid.' " Rep. Kevin Boyce, D-Columbus, said labor agreements secure a better workforce, add safety to the project and prevent work stoppages over labor disputes. Rep. Kent Smith, D-Euclid, said a labor agreement got new Euclid schools opened on time and under budget. "Why would we want to remove this as a possible tool for all of those local governments?" Smith said. "Let's let the local communities decide." They also debated the use of local residency requirements, such as Akron's requirement of 30 percent local hiring on its $1.4 billion sewer project. "People who live in these communities want to access economic benefits of construction in their neighborhoods," said Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron. But some Republicans argued that local hiring quotas are a burdensome requirement and give out-of-state contractors an unfair advantage because they don't have to follow them.

Project Labor Agreement Saves $8 Million on School Construction Project

Project Labor Agreements
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ABC Loses Again in Quest to Prohibit PLAs on PA Prison Projects

Huge Victory on PLAs!

Head of Mid-Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Fired from N.Y. Project After Undocumented Workers Are Arrested

“Low-Road” Contractors Take Their Lumps in Court…AGAIN!

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Pennsylvania Building Trades Council hails Commonwealth Court decision upholding Project Labor Agreement at Graterford SCI
A decision by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a Letter of Commitment between the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council and the state’s Department of General Services (DGS) which permitted a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) aimed at assuring fair labor standards and adequate numbers of skilled workers for construction of a 4,100 bed, $400 million prison project at Graterford Prison in Montgomery County. Click on the headline for the complete press release.

General Presidents Project Maintenance Agreement
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Hundreds of Union Construction Workers Rally for Project Labor Agreements on Capitol Steps
Hundreds of unionized construction workers from all over Pennsylvania gathered today on the steps of the State Capitol building in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for use on construction projects funded with tax dollars. Click on the headline to read the full press release.