Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are agreements that benefit workers, contractors, communities and taxpayers by ensuring projects are completed on time and on budget, require employee training and safety standards, and encourage that public investment benefits local communities.
Under PLAs, workers, contractors, sub-contractors and/or communities agree to working conditions, such as a wage floor based on what prevails in a community, and ensure on-time and on-budget completion of projects. PLAs ensure that an influx of taxpayer construction investment doesn’t drive down, or inflate, local wage standards. PLAs discourage unscrupulous contractors from betraying the public trust through inflated profits, low-ball bids, cutting corners or abusive employment practices.
Workers receive benefits such as healthcare and pensions, preventing a burden on local services. And workers have access to free union training programs which help open the doors for advancement, new opportunities and careers.