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Industrial Info Resources

June 17, 2011 06:20 ET

Project Labor Agreements Work for the California Power Industry -- and More, a Feature of "Industry Today" on

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- In recent years, the Power Industry in California has been booming in both the construction of new plants and the retrofitting of existing plants. In the past 15 years, California's Building Trades Unions, through their superior training programs and productivity, have built 96% of the state's power plants, resulting in satisfied customers. This week's "Industry Today" explores the benefits of using project labor agreements (PLAs) -- and also takes a look at projects that may have benefitted from using PLAs.

In the past 15 years, California has seen 53 power plants constructed using union labor, representing more than 30 million hours of labor and $15 billion worth of work. Beyond the ideological issues that often surround PLAs, using project labor agreements can make it easier to obtain what private industry most desires: higher returns on investment. Richard Slawson, the executive secretary for the L.A./Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council, says, "Project labor agreements work; they are successful. The problem we have is more of an ideology problem than we have in explaining the successes that you see in construction projects with project labor agreements."

While the 53 California power plants built using union labor were completed on time and on budget, other non-PLA power projects have suffered multiple cost and time overruns, resulting in a cascading series of lawsuits and unpaid contractors and subcontractors.

"The price to do rework is far more than the price to do it right the first time," says Bill Perez, executive secretary for the Riverside/San Bernadino Building & Construction Trades Council, who says that "in time, the proof will come forth" that PLAs present the best labor solution for projects.

Listen to what some of the leaders of California's Building Trades Unions have to say in this episode of "Industry Today" and learn more about how about project labor agreements make better business sense.

Click here to hear this or any of the more than 500 previous "Industry Today" webcasts, covering topics important to industry spending, including trends, outlooks and focus segments on specific industries.

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