I am in favor of PLAs for nine reasons:
1. They provide uniform wages, benefits, overtime pay, hours, working conditions, and work rules for work on major construction projects.
2. They provide contractors with a reliable and uninterrupted supply of qualified workers at predictable costs.
3. They ensure that a project will be completed on time and on budget due to the supply of qualified labor and relative ease of project management.
4. They ensure no labor strife by prohibiting strikes and lockouts and including binding procedures to resolve labor disputes.
5. They make large projects easier to manage by placing unions under one contract, the PLA, rather than dealing with several unions that may have different wage and benefit structures.
6. They may include provisions to recruit and train workers by requiring contractors to participate in recruitment, apprenticeship, and training programs for women, minorities, veterans, and other under-represented groups (this is a common CWA provision).
7. They reduce the misclassification of workers and the related underpayment of payroll taxes, workers compensation, and other requirements.
8. They may mean a larger percentage of construction wages stay in state.
9. They may improve worker safety by requiring contractors and workers to comply with project safety rules.
Community workforce agreements (CWAs) are also provisions in PLAs that include targeted building trade hiring provisions to create employment and career paths for low-income or under-represented people.
PLAs have a positive impact in creating career paths for women, minorities, veterans, and other under-represented populations.
Developing qualified workers in the construction trades, and including people who historically were under-represented in the trades, has positive long-term economic benefits for the industry.