Project Labor Agreement
On November 10, 2011, the TJPA Board approved an historic agreement with organized labor designed to ensure labor peace and equal opportunity for small, local, disadvantaged, union and non-union businesses throughout the construction of the Transbay Transit Center Project. The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is a pact that all construction and trade workers, both union and non-union, must abide by while working on the Transbay site. Under the agreement, all workers agree to work by the same rules on an equal playing field. In return, all workers are provided uniform benefits and protections.
The 28 separate unions are now all bound to this single labor agreement, and the PLA ensures that construction of the project will not be delayed due to strikes or other labor-related issues.
All contractors are encouraged to bid on contracts regardless of union status. All contractors, union and non-union, will be required to agree to abide by the terms of the PLA in order to be awarded a contract. A Letter of Assent will be included in each construction package issued for bid.
The PLA also promotes assistance to veterans and disabled veterans transitioning to the construction industry through the Helmets to Hardhats program, and promotes involvement of local youth, women, and economically disadvantaged individuals in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. Are you interested in working on a project like the Transbay Transit Center? A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, depending on the trade you select; have dexterity, mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team; want to earn a living wage and good benefits; and want the opportunity to advance in your career. Read the Guide to Northern California Apprenticeship Programs and find out more at www.calapprenticeship.org.