PLA Information 2011

Historic PLA Announced for Transbay Transit Center

November 15, 2011 - The Board of Directors of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has approved an historic agreement with the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council and 28 separate unions for $4 billion of construction work on the Transbay Transit Center. (Read More)

BART Board Unanimously Approves PLA for E-BART Extension

November 2, 2011 - In a resounding victory for Building Trades workers, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board voted 9-0 last week to enter into a PLA with the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council for building the new East Contra Costa BART (or E-BART) extension that will extend the rail system from its current terminus at Pittsburg 10 miles eastward to Antioch. (Read More)

League of Cities Latino Caucus Voices Support for PLAs

November 2, 2011 - The League of California Cities Latino Caucus has approved a resolution endorsing the use of Project Labor Agreements, noting an array of benefits that accrue from the use of PLAs, including expanded opportunities for minority and women workers and apprentices. It concludes that the use of PLAs is necessary for creating opportunities for the working men and women of the Building Trades, and pledges to oppose any attempts to eliminate PLAs as an option for the cities and counties they represent. The League of California Cities Latino Caucus, the fastest growing caucus of the League, charged with bringing the Latino voice to state and local government decisions, voted for the resolution at its October 2011 executive board meeting. (Read More)

PLAs on Three New Power Plants to Bring Thousands of Building Trades Jobs

November 3, 2011 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council has entered into PLAs for the construction of three new power plants, projects that mean thousands of good jobs for Building Trades workers. (Read More)

Memo Outlines How SB 922 Applies to Charter Cities

November 22, 2011 - Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law SB 922, Building Trades legislation to prohibit local bans on Project Labor Agreements. The effect of SB 922 nullifies existing bans in counties, general law cities, and special districts. (Read More)

1,500 Construction Jobs for Three Years!

October 26, 2011 - BNSF Railway and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council have finalized a Project Labor Agreement worth more than $255 million for the construction of the Southern California International Gateway Project (SCIG). (Read More)

$350 Million, Thousands of Construction Jobs

October 26, 2011 - The Pasadena Unified School District Board this week voted 7-0 to approve a project labor agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council for $350 million in construction and modernization works. The construction is funded by the district's Measure TT school bond, which was overwhelmingly approved by district voters in 2008. (Read More)

Victories for the Building Trades: PLA Votes in Berkeley, Contra Costa

October 17, 2011 - Building Trades workers scored a pair of major victories last week with votes favoring PLAs in the Berkeley Unified School District and the Contra Costa Community College District. In Berkeley, the school district board okayed PLAs for $190 million of construction work over the next five years. The funds are from Measure I, a property tax increase approved by Berkeley voters to fund school construction projects. (Read More)

WSJ Editorial Mischaracterizing SB 922 and PLAs Rebuked

October 6, 2011 - In a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth and Northern California Mechanical Contractors Association Executive Director Scott Strawbridge, in their capacities as trustees of the California Construction Industry Labor Management Cooperation Trust, have refuted a Journal editorial critical of SB 922 and supporting blanket bans on Project Labor Agreements. We are not certain at this time if or when the letter will appear. The entire letter and the editorial to which it responds follow. (Read More)

Five Years, 15,000 Jobs! $40 billion PLA for Building Trades

September 22, 2011 - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Thursday voted to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council for $40 billion worth of transportation construction work over the next five years. The agreement is expected to produce as many as 15,000 construction jobs, starting with the construction of the Crenshaw light rail line. (Read More)

More Anti-PLA Efforts are Underway as the War on Workers Targets California

July 2011 - It's official now here in California. The anti-worker extremists have declared war on all of us in the Building Trades; on our jobs, our livelihoods, and our futures. As you are reading this, they are out there gathering signatures to place measures on the 2012 ballot to ban Project Labor Agreements in the City of San Diego, as well as in both the City and County of Sacramento. (Read More)

Bob Balgenorth's Column Supporting Project Labor Agreements

June 20, 2011 - A column by SBCTC president Bob Balgenorth, endorsing the use of PLAs by local governments, appeared in the Friday, June 17 edition of the Sacramento Business Journal, a publication geared toward and read widely by business owners and pro-business interests in the region. (Read More)

Bob Balgenorth Refutes Assembly Member, Defends Prevailing Wage in Bakersfield Paper

June 20, 2011 - A column by SBCTC president Bob Balgenorth, endorsing the use of PLAs by local governments, appeared in the Friday, June 17 edition of the Sacramento Business Journal, a publication geared toward and read widely by business owners and pro-business interests in the region (Read More)

Legal Challenge from AGC Rejected

May 18, 2011 - The California Court of Appeal today decisively rejected a legal challenge by the Associated General Contractors to the Building Trades' Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) with the San Diego Unified School District. AGC challenged a requirement that bidders on construction projects must employ apprentices trained in our joint labor-management apprenticeship programs. (Read More)

City Council Approves Sweeping PLA

May 12, 2011 - The Los Angeles City Council this week approved a sweeping Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Building Trades Council, for five years worth of construction projects coming to the Port of Los Angeles. The PLA ensures that work will be done by workers earning decent wages and benefits, and that at least 30 percent of those jobs will be set aside for local residents. The PLA covers $1.6 billion worth of work on over 35 projects that are expected to create an estimated 6,000 jobs through 2016, some of them starting up this year. (Read More)

Run Government Like a Business...With Project Labor Agreements

June 2011 - We all know people who, when they are unhappy about what their city or county is doing, clamor for government to be run "more like a business." Sometimes they are right. For example, when private sector businesses, motivated by profit and efficiency, embark on a major construction project, many begin by negotiating a Project Labor Agreement, or PLA. Some of the biggest contractors in the country normally build projects with PLAs including Bechtel, Kiewit and Fluor. PLAs have been an accepted method of doing business since they were used to build Hoover and Grand Coulee dams in the 1930s. (Read More)

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