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PLA’s signed for almost all NFL stadiums built since 1998

09.30.12

OCTOBER 2012, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

PLA’s signed for almost all NFL stadiums built since 1998

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, September 12th- According to the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC, the National Football League’s (NFL’s) season opening game played between Dallas and the New York Giants was played in a stadium built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the unions affiliated with the BCTD.

Tom Owens, spokesperson for the BCTD, which has 13 national and international affiliated labor organizations that collectively represent 2 million skilled craft tradespeople throughout the United States and Canada, stated the NFL season kick-off game between the NFC East Division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, featured some of the recent trends that have embraced pro-football, the use of Project Labor Agreements for the construction and renovations of NFL stadiums.

A PLA is a comprehensive agreement signed by a builder and local craft unions under which a defined construction project is agreed to be completed by workers from local union halls, in return for the union’s guarantee of no strikes, a steady labor supply, and general labor peace.

Under a PLA, a nonunion contractor could still be hired for the project, however if they are selected, local unionized workers must be hired.

Mr. Owens told the newspaper since 1998, a whopping 12 out of 18 NFL stadiums have embraced the value of a project labor agreement.

“NFL owners, like any business people, are cost-conscious and profit-oriented. They understand that PLAs provide increased jobsite efficiencies through the utilization of the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled workforce. A workforce that is developed through the investment of approximately one billion dollars a year by America’s Building Trades Unions and their signatory contractors,” said Mr. Owens.

Stadiums in Baltimore, Foxboro, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Green Bay, New York, Pittsburgh, and Seattle, were built under a PLA. Also, the new stadium in San Francisco is being built under a PLA.

Mr. Owens indicated numerous private sector entities have also signed project labor agreements. He stated major private sector companies such as Toyota, Disney, Reebok and Wal-Mart have signed PLA’s.

However, Wal-Mart builds their stores in the Lehigh Valley with mostly nonunion construction workers.

The Building and Construction Trades Council of the Lehigh Valley labor federation, Liberty Street in Allentown, has 21 affiliated members.

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