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New San Francisco PLA Means Jobs for Bay Area Workers

A new project labor agreement (PLA) between the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) and Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) will create thousands of new jobs for members of 28 Bay Area unions.

The agreement announced earlier this month covers $4 billion worth of construction on the new downtown Transbay Transit Center that the council calls “The Grand Central Station of the West.” The center is expected to serve 45 million people a year using the region’s transportation system when the project is completed in 2017.

TJPA Executive Director Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan says:

This is a critical tool for us. Project labor agreements have been used successfully since the New Deal to complete major public works projects. A PLA was critical to the construction of BART, and more recently played an important role in the renovations at the San Francisco International Airport and in the seismic upgrades to the Hetch Hetchy water system.

Project labor agreements are pre-hire agreements between labor and management that require all construction jobs be filled by local workers; include diversity requirements; establish wages and work rules covering overtime, working hours and dispute resolution; and ensure that safety guidelines on the job site are enforced.

The agreement contains provisions to hire local workers and include small and disadvantaged businesses, and it includes a “Helmets to Hardhats” section to ensure opportunities for military members and veterans.

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