PLA's in Trouble in Texas
Union members in the Building Trades who vote Republican got to read this
Across the country, Project Labor Agreements are under attack. UCOMM recently covered attempts to repeal Project Labor Agreement (PLA’s) requirements in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and even trying to repeal Davis-Bacon, the National Project Labor Agreement law. Now Texas is trying to pass the same legislation to repeal their states PLA requirement.
House Bill 648 and Senate Bill 452, would repeal the state’s requirement that all public works projects sign a PLA. These agreements establish base pay requirements, safety requirements and work rules on the job site. They make projects more safe as well as more efficient and productive. They also address the needs of the community, like hiring locally and can be used to bring new people into the trades. These agreements ensure that public works money helps everyone in the community that the project is occurring in.
Without PLA’s, public works projects become a race to the bottom. Texas is already the leader in workplace fatalities. They have led the nation in 11 of the last 14 years. In 2014, they had 524 workplace fatalities. Even though California is almost twice as big, they had nearly 200 fewer deaths. By protecting PLA’s the state is able to better establish the safety rules, at least for public projects, and ensure that good employers are able to financially compete with the ones racing to the bottom.
The Texas AFL-CIO is asking everyone to sign their petition to let their state legislators know that it is important to protect these PLA’s. You can sign the petition here.