The Issues

Project Labor Agreements

Project labor agreements are a great way to do business in construction. It’s a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.

Essentially it gets the contractors and Labor Unions on exactly the same page before a job ever begins or a single worker goes to work. This maximizes efficiency by preventing any labor disagreements or work stoppages due to disputes.

Benefits of Project Labor Agreements

Presented by the Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council

Detractors may argue that PLA’s make construction projects more expensive, but many academic studies have proven those claims to be dubious at best.

Project Labor Agreements have helped successfully create some of the world’s most impressive construction and engineering feats:

  • Hoover Dam, 1931-1936
  • Grand Coulee Dam, 1933-1942
  • Shasta Dam, 1938-1945
  • Lawrence Seaway, 1954-1959
  • Disney World, 1967-1971
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 1973-1977

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