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PLAs the way to go

May 9, 2014 Letters to the Editor

Because project labor agreements” save money in the long run, I commend the Butler County Commissioners’ prudent decision to adopt a PLA for the construction of the office annex to the Government Center.

The anti-union lobby group Associated Builders and Contractors opposes PLAs, as does the county Republican committee, whose chairman Edward Natali expressed the committee’s opposition in a May 2 letter (“Bad for taxpayers).

I respectfully disagree.

On construction sites of public-sector undertakings, these pre-hire, uniform agreements contribute to the careful planning of construction management by bolstering consistency, stability, efficiency and productivity.

PLAs promote not only labor-cost reduction, including no strike-and-lockout provisions, but also respect fair labor standards, including alternative dispute-resolution procedures, all to avoid costly construction stoppages.

I found no credible evidence PLAs increase project costs: Such claims, as disseminated by PLA opponents, are usually based on inconclusive data, faculty assumptions and flawed methodology.

In my opinion, PLAs have a favorable impact on public projects as a PLA tends to guarantee its completion on time and on schedule.

Finally, PLAs are not “union-only” accords; contrary to what Republican Party minions purport, all contractors can bid on any PLA-related ventures; if nonunion builders choose not to bid, then it’s at their own, sole discretion.