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PLA Basics: Unions Offer Project Labor Agreements as a Solution to Strikes Created by Union Members

0 May 7, 2009  Uncategorized

Construction unions market union-only PLAs as a tool to construction owners to guarantee labor peace on construction projects. Unions know that strikes, work stoppages, slowdowns and other labor unrest can shut down a jobsite and delay the opening of a project, potentially costing construction owners lost revenue.  Union negotiators leverage the threat of union-led strikes […]


Will Philadelphia Convention Center Expansion Project Labor Agreement Prevent Labor Unrest?

0 May 6, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Last night collective bargaining agreements between Philadelphia area Carpenters Unions and Laborers Unions and contractors expired, leaving construction project owners and contractors with concerns about union strikes and labor disputes on jobsites covered by expired collective bargaining agreements. According to this short 5/4 Philadelphia Inquirer piece, the Carpenters and Laborers’ District Council have been negotiating […]


Lansing City Market PLA Reduces Bidders, Increases Costs and Harms Local Workers

0 May 4, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A 4/24 article in the Lansing State Journal reports budget busting bids and a lack of bidders on the estimated $1.6 million Lansing City Market project that will be built using a union-only PLA thanks to a requirement by Lansing City Officials. The Lansing City Market project will be re-bid and opened to a broader base of contractors after […]


NYC Developers Say PLAs Save Less Than Claimed

0 May 2, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

According to this 4/30/09  NY Times article by Charles V. Bagli, New York City’s real estate developers, contractors and construction unions have been trying to negotiate wage concessions and other cost saving measures that labor and political spindoctors are touting as a solution to revive New York’s stalled construction and real estate market. The writers here at affectionately refer to […]