Project Labor Agreement

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A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is a collective bargaining agreement with one or more unions that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.[1]

If a PLA exists for a given construction project, then construction unions and contractors have bargaining rights to determine the wage rates and benefits of all employees working on the particular project, before any workers are hired.

On February 6, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order[2] requiring the use of Project Labor Agreements on federal projects of $25 million or more.[1]

Opposition

Some groups, such as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), actively oppose the use of PLAs, and have challenged their use through litigation, lobbying, public relations campaigns, and boycotting of all PLA projects.[3]

A study by The National University System Institute for Policy Research entitled "Measuring the Cost of Project Labor Agreements on School Construction in California" has determined that using PLAs on California Prevailing Wage school construction adds between 13% and 15% to the cost.

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