New report finds PLAs create jobs for workers who need them most

Americans need good, family-sustaining jobs and they need them now.  With nine percent of Americans still unemployed, construction projects are a central part of President Obama’s jobs plan to put Americans back to work and jump-start our nation’s economy. 

Today, Cornell University released a new report entitled “Community Workforce Provisions in Project Labor Agreements: A Tool for Building Middle-Class Careers.”  Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are simply agreements between labor and management that make sure the jobs created on a project are good, safe jobs.  Despite the outcry from the anti-worker crowd, a long list of big-name companies – even Walmart – use PLAs. 

The report – which was funded by a grant from the American Rights at Work Education Fund – focuses on the community development benefits of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Community Workforce Agreements (CWAs).  The study finds that public and private construction projects across the United States that utilize PLAs are increasingly implementing CWAs to ensure that local residents - particularly women, people of color, and military veterans - have a path to a brighter economic future.

If one thing is certain, it’s that these CWAs create jobs for the communities that need them most.  In fact, if the $105 billion dedicated to construction projects in Obama’s plan was spent on projects with CWAs identical to one of the agreements profiled in this report, approximately 525,000 good jobs could be created—including 114,000 apprenticeships so workers could earn while they learned. And you could expect to see up to 70,000 workers of color fill those apprentice slots, along with thousands of women, veterans, and low-income residents.

But in states across the country, PLAs have come under attack by corporate-backed lawmakers intent on lowering the floor even further for working families.  Given the findings of Cornell’s report, it’s clear that if we want to rebuild our economy and strengthen the middle class, we should be calling for more PLAs—not tearing them down. 

FacebookGoogle ReaderTumblrDiggDeliciousShare
This entry was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 3:20 pm and is filed under Jobs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

6 Responses to “New report finds PLAs create jobs for workers who need them most”

  1. mandarin jobs, mandarin speaking jobs, mandarin job, mandarin teaching jobs, mandarin jobs in london, mandarin speaking, mandarin jobs in uk, mandarin jobs london, mandarin job in london, chinese mandarin jobs, mandarin teacher job, mandarin speaker …

    [...]New report finds PLAs create jobs for workers who need them most « American Rights at Work's Blog at Work[...]…

  2. White Page People Search…

    [...]New report finds PLAs create jobs for workers who need them most « American Rights at Work's Blog at Work[...]…

  3. Wanna says:

    Wanna…

    [...]New report finds PLAs create jobs for workers who need them most « American Rights at Work's Blog at Work[...]…

  4. How to make hair grow faster says:

    A number of women and minority contractor groups oppose project labor agreements, arguing that PLAs disproportionately impact small business, particularly those owned by women and minorities.

  5. You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  6. Obama rating says:

    Just Browsing…

    While I was surfing today I noticed a great post concerning…

Leave a Reply