Roseville, West St. Paul Schools Choose Project Labor Agreements

Feb 6 2019

The Roseville Area School District formally adopted the use of a Project Labor Agreement for their upcoming $145 million in construction at a school board meeting on September 26th. The PLA will work to ensure the projects get completed on time and by high quality skilled construction craft workers.

The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, LIUNA, LECET and other building trades advocated for the PLA. The building trades council developed its first Project Labor Agreement in 1980 to ensure project success. The PLA serves to guarantee the developer, contractor and owner on time and on budget construction. Under the PLA, the contractors agree to pay a negotiated wage to their workers, follow union work rules and comply with union hiring hall practices. The agreement helps protect against work stoppages, disputes, slowdowns and lockouts. Additionally, PLA’s have had a long history in helping protect local economies by putting local workers to work.

Recently, the trades have had even more success in getting school districts to use PLA’s. Forest Lake Schools is currently utilizing a Project Labor Agreement and West St. Paul schools recently decided to move forward with a PLA on $117 million in upcoming work.