PLA Information 2012

Ivanpah Solar Project Reaches Halfway Mark & Peak of Construction Employment

August 20, 2012 - PLA Praised for Delivering as Promised - The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Project in the Mojave Desert is halfway done, and has reached its peak construction employment with more than 2,000 construction workers now on the job, BrightSource Energy and construction partner Bechtel has announced. (Read More)

Without PLAs, Veterans' Projects Experiencing Delays, Overruns, and Quality Problems

August 15, 2012 - The national Building Trades Department today issued a press release outlining the critical problems being experienced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a result of its opting to build new hospitals across the country without PLAs. This information should prove valuable in educating local officials about the benefits of PLAs. Please share it with them. (Read More)

San Diego School District Happy With PSA; Votes Unanimously to Continue Using It

July 26, 2012 - The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees, after placing a $2.8 billion school bond measure on the November ballot, pointed to the positive results of its current project stabilization agreement, or PSA with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, and voted unanimously to continue using the PSA for all future construction projects. (Read More)

Former Anti-PLA Board Members Now See that PLAs Work!

June 13, 2012 - Foothill DeAnza Community College District - A recent vote by the Foothill DeAnza Community College District trustees provides persuasive evidence that PLAs work. Two board members who voted against a PLA four years ago after hearing and believing ABC propaganda, are now part of a unanimous vote last week to expand that PLA to include more than $45 million worth of additional work! (Read More)

SB 829 - Bill Protecting PLAs Approved By Assembly Appropriations Committee

March 28, 2012 - An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. All 12 Democrats on the committee supported SB 829, and all five Republicans opposed it. The bill next moves to the Assembly floor. (Read More)

San Jose Mercury News Publishes Pro-PLA column by Bob Balgenorth

March 1, 2012 - The San Jose Mercury News recently published an opinion column by SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth supporting that region's Valley Transportation Authority's decision to use a PLA for construction of its BART to San Jose project. The column disproved, item by item, false claims made by an ABC official criticizing the PLA decision in a previous column. It points out the many benefits of using PLAs, and concludes that their increasing use by both public and private sector construction projects is proof that they work. Here is the column, in its entirety, followed by a link to it at the newspaper's website. (Read More)

Michigan Law Banning PLAs Ruled Unconstitutional

March 1, 2012 - In a great win for working people, a federal court has overturned a law signed by the Republican Governor of Michigan that banned the use of PLAs in public construction projects. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ruled that the PLA ban violated federal laws that "explicitly allow for PLAs in the construction industry." She also noted that the law's defenders had failed to demonstrate any cost savings resulting from banning PLAs. (Read More)

It's Unanimous! $40 Billion PLA Approved by Los Angeles MTA

PLA Finalized for New 49ers Stadium

February 28, 2012 - The San Francisco 49ers today announced that the team has entered into a PLA with contractor Turner/Devcon and the Santa Clara and San Benito Building Trades Council for the construction of the teams new stadium in Santa Clara. (Read More)

PUC Action Clears Way For Abengoa Power Plant Construction

November 15, 2011 - The California Public Utilities Commission recently removed the final obstacle to construction of the Abengoa 250-megawatt solar trough project in San Bernardino County, when it approved a power purchase agreement between Mojave Solar, an affiliate of Abengoa, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. (Read More)

Baldwin Park Approves $6 Million PLA for Transit Parking Structure

November 15, 2011 - The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council's remarkable string of PLA victories has continued with the Baldwin Park City Council's unanimous approval of an agreement for the construction of a $6 million transit parking structure. (Read More)

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