Central-Northern New York Building & Construction Trades CouncilWhat is a Project Labor Agreement (PLA)?

Summary

A PLA is a comprehensive pre-hire agreement that provides owners and contractors access to the highly skilled workforce necessary for complex projects. A PLA:

  • ~Establishes the terms and conditions for labor in advance so that contractors are able to make exact bids
  • ~Eliminates cost-overruns and project delays
  • ~Ensures value, quality and costs savings for owners and/or taxpayers
  • ~Fuels the growth of our communities!! ​

PLAs are especially useful for large complicated construction projects because they simplify the process and facilitate on-time, on-budget project completion: Through negotiations, a PLA will establish wages, hours, and work rules before the project begins so there are no surprises along the way. A typical PLA includes no-strike and no-lockout agreements to further ensure on-time and on-budget project completion. PLAs do not hinder competition or restrict bidding to union-only contractors. A PLA is available to any contractor who will accept its terms, and numerous court decisions have stated that New York State’s Competitive Bidding Laws are not violated by using a PLA.

  • Prevention of work stoppages or slowdowns throughout the project construction period.
  • To provide a workers’ compensation system that binds participants to a system of mediation and arbitration.
  • To provide opportunities for worker hiring from the local geographical labor pool when practicable.
  • Enhance safety through mandatory substance abuse testing.
  • Purposes of the PLA

    Purposes Summary

  • Prevention of work stoppages or slowdowns throughout the project construction period.
  • To provide a workers’ compensation system that binds participants to a system of mediation and arbitration.
  • To provide opportunities for worker hiring from the local geographical labor pool when practicable.
  • Enhance safety through mandatory substance abuse testing. >> return to top of page
  • What is Prevailing Wage?

    Prevailing Wage

    Prevailing Wage Summary

    In government contracting, a prevailing wage is defined as the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime, paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area. Prevailing wages are established by regulatory agencies for each trade and occupation employed in the performance of public work, as well as by State Departments of Labor or their equivalents. Prevailing wage laws seek to prevent public construction projects from destabilizing a local construction industry and to advance other priorities such as workforce development, green building, and greenhouse gas reduction. >> return to top of page

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    Project Labor Agreement PLA's
    Executive Order 13502

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    PLA Policy
    PLA Policy

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