Project Labor Agreements are frequently employed on larger projects, both public and private. In essence, they are collective bargaining agreements between building trade unions and contractors, for which the owner of the project agrees will govern all craft workers—union and nonunion—on a construction project. Project Labor Agreements seek to protect taxpayers by eliminating costly delays due to labor conflicts or shortages of skilled workers These agreements are intended to help reduce overall construction costs by ensuring that the work on a covered project will be completed efficiently, cooperatively, economically and without interruption. Project Labor Agreements can also serve in the best interest of public safety, community involvement and participation through local hiring and apprenticeship training.
The attorneys at Hunt Ortmann have worked with Project Labor Agreements on many projects and can assist in negotiating, drafting, and interpreting Project Labor Agreement provisions.