PLA IF YOU PLEASE

Posted March 28, 2022

On February 4, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order on all project labor agreements (PLA)  for Federal Construction Projects, which means the federal government will require a project labor agreement before awarding any large-scale construction contract, for which the estimated cost is $35 million or more. This is a huge win for all labor unions! There’s also new legislation for infrastructure spending and the rebuilding of America.  This will help create jobs for all our trades including the industrial trades.  Currently in Sacramento there is over 1 billion dollars in PLA’s alone, and over a billion in the surrounding areas. This means that the hours spent and money spent to get PLA’s has paid off and then some.

Project Labor Agreements are negotiated by the Building Trades and include boilerplate language by The North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU).  After it has been negotiated and NABTU approves it, then we get to go work.  The process of getting a PLA in place for any project takes many man hours and legal fees.  This is where some of your due’s money goes and also to endorse our friends of labor who support us and PLA’s.  PLA’s also can include Targeted Worker, Community Workforce Training Agreement (CWTA) and Local Hire.  These are all ways for hiring apprentices and getting people to go to work in the area that the project is being built in.  Target Workers are women looking to get into the trades, a person aging out of the foster care system, Military Veterans, a person currently on parole or probation and a person who lives in a specified area code.  In closing PLA’s put our members to work and money in their pockets.  If you would like to learn more or talk about PLA’s, I can always be reached at (916)407-8279.

Fraternally,

Randy Rojas
Business Representative
DC16/LU1237

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