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Project Labor Agreements

Local 478 and its members recognize the value of a Project Labor Agreement (PLAs) Or Community Workforce Agreements: These agreements are pre-negotiated, pre-hire collective bargaining agreement that determine working conditions and standards on large building projects. Project Labor Agreement (PLAs) or Community Workforce Agreements:

  • Set clear expectations for all parties involved on a major project and help encourage a team-like atmosphere that allows for open and ongoing communication among parties
  • Eliminate uncertainty with respect to labor costs for the life of the project by establishing binding procedures that resolve all labor disputes and assure productive labor relations
  • Allow owners to tailor agreements to local conditions and the special needs of the projects
  • Promote hiring a representative workforce from a community, which encourages hiring local residents, minorities, and women, allowing apprentice opportunities
  • Offer contractors immediate access to a skilled workforce
  • PLA's have been used successfully during construction of many projects around the state including Yale-New Haven Children’s hospital / Cancer Center, Yale University Capitol projects, Schools in New haven / Bridgeport / Hartford / Waterbury / Killingly, St. Francis Hospital, West Farms Mall, and Rentschler Field to mention a few.