PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS
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This publication discusses the positive impact prehire-collective bargaining agreements can have on construction projects. PLAs are typically the project of negotiations between a group of unions, usually represented by a building trades council, and a construction user. PLAs require all contractors working on a project to adhere to collectively bargained terms and conditions, whether they are union or non-union contractors.
Recently, questions about possible conflicts with state and local bidding procedures having arisen as adoption of PLAs has grown. Poorly tracked "research" has left construction users confused. This report seeks to answer definitively these questions by examining numerous PLA-construction projects, including archival research, interviews, case studies, and statistical analysis. Central findings include no evidence that PLAs decrease the number of bidders or change the costs or construction projects.