NABTU President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement on December 18 applauding the announcement of regulations that will implement President Biden’s Executive Order requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects costing $35 million or more:
“North America’s Building Trades Unions applaud today’s announcement. This final step for the executive order on project labor agreements is welcome news for the responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Project labor agreements ensure that large-scale projects are completed on time, with the highest quality, efficiency, and safety. Time and again, PLAs have proven to address labor supply issues, prevent work stoppages, protect workers’ classification, strengthen health and safety standards, and achieve substantial, direct cost savings by standardizing contract terms for highly skilled craft workers. PLAs also boost community economies through local hiring goals and recruitment of workers into apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship job training programs that uplift historically marginalized communities into middle-class construction careers.
With this latest action to strengthen economic security, labor-management relations and family-sustaining job opportunities, President Biden is yet again demonstrating his rock-solid commitment to American taxpayers and all workers – union and non-union – across the country.”
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