Project Labor Agreements (PLA)

Project Labor AgreementsA Project Labor Agreement between an owner and local trade unions provides for the hiring of qualified construction workers and guarantees labor stability on a construction project.

A PLA requires all employers to sign collective bargaining agreements with the appropriate trade unions for all work on the project. Collective bargaining enables working union members to negotiate with employers on terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave and safety policies. Employers are able to resolve issues at the bargaining level rather than through conflict, which reduces employee turnover by promoting open communication and job security.

Academic research has shown that PLAs are good for both public and private-sector construction projects, particularly larger projects. The validity of PLAs has consistently been upheld in both federal and state courts. PLAs do not adversely affect the costs of construction projects; rather, they positively influence project timeliness, quality, safety, training, minority employment, employee benefits and labor peace.

The Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council currently has PLAs with the following projects/locations:

  • City of Cleveland: 3/1/16
  • Cleveland Clinic: Surgery Center, Health Sciences Center, Cancer Center, Eye Institute, Hillcrest Bed Tower, Emergency Dept. and Surgery Addition, the Global Cardiovascular
  • Innovations Center, and Campus Renewal Projects: 7/1/1997 – Current
  • Flats East Bank Project, Phase Two: 9/1/14
  • Central Plant West Medical Center: 8/1/14
  • Cuyahoga County Convention Center Hotel Project (Turner/Ozanne/VAA): 7/1/14
  • Parma City School District- HS, Valley Forge HS, Byers Field, John Muir ES, Normandy HS, Greenbriar MS: 6/1/14
  • Cuyahoga Community College District: 5/1/13
  • Madison Fire District – New District Fire Station in Madison OH: 6/1/12
  • Cuyahoga County Correction Center: Jail Kitchen Renovation: 6/1/12
  • Snavely Building Company – Courtyard Marriott at University Circle: 3/1/12
  • Cleveland Hopkins Airport Air Traffic Control Tower, Link Structure, Administrative Base Building and Guard House: 12/1/11
  • Construction of Façade and Roof Replacement at A.J. Celebrezze Federal Building: 9/1/11
  • Lake Health West Campus – First Floor Renovations in Wlloughby, OH: 7/1/11
  • The Higbee Casino/ Rock Gaming Cleveland, LLC.: 5/1/11
  • Eastlake Minor League Baseball Complex: 1/1/11
  • Euclid City School District: Four Elementary Schools: 12/1/10
  • Eaton Corporation & Albert M. Higley Co. New Headquarters Project: 8/1/10
  • City of Parma: 7/1/10
  • Upgrade and Reconstruction of Areas of the Waste Water Treatment Plant and Collection System – North Olmsted, OH: 1/1/10
  • Berea Elementary School: 10/1/09
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: 11/1/08
  • South Point Local School District Board of Education: 1/1/08
  • Painesville Harvey High School: 5/1/07
  • Hamann and bell Greve/CT Roof and HVAC Replacement Projects: 4/1/07
  • The Albert M. Higley Co. Community Center, Assisted Living Facility, Sitework Package, and the Underground Parking Garages: 3/1/07
  • Albert M. Higley – South Franklin Circle: 3/1/07
  • Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners: 2/1/07
  • Two Fire Stations – Parma, OH: 2/1/06
  • New Field Lighting Byer’s Field an Parma Senior High School Boys Toilet Room: 7/1/05
  • Lakewood Public Library: 6/1/05
  • City of Maple Heighs Dispatch Center: 5/1/05
  • North Olmsted Fire Station No. 2: 2/1/05
  • Briardale Greens Golf Course: 9/1/04
  • Parma Heights Police and Fire Stations: 10/1/03
  • Construction of Morley Library – Painesville, OH: 3/1/03
  • Construction of Legacy village Retail H,I,J, Shell: 1/1/03
  • U.S Courthouse – Dick Corporation: 10/1/01
  • University Hospitals Research Institute – Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital: 6/1/01
  • KeyCorp: 127 Public Square, 800 Superior, 2025 Ontario, 4900/4910 Tiedeman, Gillespie Office, Branch Remodels: 5/1/01
  • University Square Retail Shopping Center – University Heights, OH: 4/1/01
  • Morrison Knudsen Corporation – Gliatech Headquarters Building: 2/1/99
  • Renovation and New Addition to Severance Hall: 12/1/98
  • Jefferson County – City of Stuebenville Joint Jail Facilities: 7/1/96
  • Construction of the MBNA Building – Beachwood, OH: 10/1/94
  • Allen Bradley Project: 5/1/94
  • Gateway Economic Development Corporation: 11/1/91
  • Diocese of Cleveland Renovation: 3/1/83

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