The Benefits of Project Labor Agreements

A PLA is an agreement that defines wages and work rules for a project. All PLAs must be approved by both labor and the awarding public body before any project can begin. PLAs have been used for successful project construction on public projects and are used by private companies to increase quality construction and cost-effectiveness. The purpose of a PLA is to ensure that all construction work is performed efficiently and economically without interruption.

Components of PLA’s,

  • Protection of Owner Rights.
  • Definition of the “Scope of Work”.
  • Specific project cost.
  • Requires all contractors to sign PLA.
  • Local hiring practices.
  • Pre-established dispute resolution procedures.
  • No work stoppages, strikes, or walk-outs.
  • Goals for women and minority employment.


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There are many reasons why it is beneficial for both contractors and workers to use a Project Labor Agreement.


With a PLA, there are no hidden costs. Contractors make specific bids. Labor costs are predetermined so there will be no cost over-runs.


A PLA encourages higher quality contractors and sub-contractors to bid on projects. Additionally, PLA’s that include apprenticeship requirements ensure that construction is performed by a well-trained, skilled, efficient work force.


A PLA often includes local hiring provisions which ensure that local residents have job opportunities and cycle money into the local economy. Prevailing wage provisions reduce the burden on local government services.


A PLA may include provisions to employ women and minorities ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity for employment. 


With a PLA, a public or private entity may require workers to have safety training and meet advanced OSHA standards. This reduces costs associated with work-site injuries.

New York Project Labor Agreements 

Albany City School District- Albany, NY
Albany NanoTech Facility at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany
Allegany County Courthouse- Belmont, NY
Armory Public Safety Academy- Valhalla, NY
Bergen Point WWTP- West Babylon, NY
Besicorp-Empire Power Generating Facility- Rensselaer, NY
Buffalo Canalside, Phase 1- Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Life Sciences Complex- Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Public Schools- Buffalo, NY
Buffalo State College Technology Building- Buffalo, NY
Central Nyack Drainage Improve-Streetscape Ph2- Central Nyack, NY
Combined Support Maintenance Shop- Stormville, NY
Competitive Power Ventures- CPV Valley Energy Center
Empire Resorts- Concord Project- Thompson, NY
Erie County Family Courthouse- Buffalo, NY
Global Foundries US Inc.- Malta, NY
HARBOR Center Project- Buffalo, NY
Hudson Valley Research Park IBM Annex- East Fishkill, NY
Hutchinson Pump Station Rehab.- Mount Vernon, NY
Inner Loop East Transformation Project (COR) - Rochester, NY
International Railway Station and Transport Center- Niagara Falls, NY
Inventing Tomorrow Capital Project- Niagara Falls, NY
Lake Champlain Bridge Project- Crown Point, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater- Syracuse, NY
Lasdon Park New Maint. Building and Site Improvement- Somers, NY
Long Island Rail Road 2013- Jamaica, NY
Mechanical-Sludge Handling Upgrades WWTP- Peekskill, NY
Midtown Redevelopment Project- Rochester, NY
Newburgh Enlarged City School District- Newburgh, NY
Niagara Falls City School District- Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls Fashion Outlet Mall- Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls Train Station- Niagara Falls, NY
NYSDOT Bridge Replacement Orange County and Ulster County
Onondaga Lake and Subsites Remediation (LHA) - Syracuse, NY
Orange County Community College Middletown, NY Campus
Orange County Emergency Services Center- Goshen, NY
Pepsico Project Renew- Purchase, NY
Playland Park Ice Casino Roof- Rye, NY
Ralph Wilson Stadium- Orchard Park, NY
Ramapo Central School District, Suffern Middle School- Suffern, NY
Restoration of Historic Buildings- Pound Ridge, NY
Riverbend- Buffalo, NY
Rochester Joint Schools Modernization Program- Rochester, NY
Rochester Marina Redevelopment Project- Rochester, NY
Rondout Water Bypass Tunnel- Newburgh, NY
Roswell Park Cancer Institute- Buffalo, NY
Salamanca Casino and Bingo Hall- Salamanca, NY
Schenectady County Nursing Facility-Glendale- Scotia, NY
Seneca Allegany Casino-Hotel- Salamanca, NY
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino- Salamanca, NY
Seneca Niagara Falls Casino- Niagara Falls, NY
Seneca Niagara West Casino Renovation- Niagara Falls, NY
Shoprite Stores (Greater Capital Region)- Albany, NY
St. Lawrence County Jail- Canton, NY
Suffolk County Community College- Riverhead, NY
SUNY Buffalo Hayes Hall- Buffalo, NY
SUNY Buffalo Medicine and Biomedical Science Project- Buffalo, NY
SUNY New Paltz- New Science Building- New Paltz, NY
Syracuse City School District- Syracuse, NY
Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossings Project- Tarrytown, NY
The Adelaar Project- Thompson, NY
Tioga Downs- Nichols, NY
Town of Warwick Bus Storage Facility- Warwick, NY
Turning Stone Resort Casino “Own the Night”- Verona, NY
Utica City School District Capital Project- Utica, NY
Warburton Ave Bridge Rehab.- Hastings on Hudson, NY
Westchester County Airport- White Plains, NY
White Plains Hospital and Dickstein Cancer Center- White Plains, NY
Wilmot Casino and Resort- Tyre, NY
Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets- Central Valley, NY
ZEN Project at CNSE- Albany, NY

New Jersey Project Labor Agreements 

3 Journal Square, Jersey City
18 Park Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
33 Park, Jersey City, NJ
60 Lister Avenue, Newark, NJ
70 Columbus Tower, Jersey City, NJ
76ers Training Facility, Camden, NJ
110 First Street, Jersey City, NJ
160 First Street, Jersey City, NJ
200 Green Street, Jersey City, NJ
I-295/I76/Rt. 42 Direct Connection
American Dream, East Rutherford, NJ
Atlantic Cape Community College Hospitality Center Addition, Hamilton, NJ
Bass River Bridge, Widening and Rehabilitation – Project No. 100.130, NJ
Belmar Boardwalk, Belmar, NJ
Burlington County Complex, Mt. Holly, NJ
Campus Town TCNJ, Ewing, NJ
Cape May Correctional Facility, Cape May, NJ
Chevron Bayonne Terminal Remediation, Bayonne, NJ
Cinnaminson Schools, Cinnaminson, NJ
Clayton Schools Reno, Clayton, NJ
Cumberland Board of Social Services to Be Located in Bridgeton, NJ
Cumberland County College, Millville, NJ
Cumberland County Vo-Tech, Millville, NJ
Delsea Middle School, Franklinville, NJ
Essex County Vo-Tech Demolition, Newark, NJ
Fire Alarm & Roof Replacement, Oakcrest and Absegami High Schools, Mays Landing and Galloway, NJ
Garden State Parkway - Interchanges 9, 10, 11
Garden State Parkway - Milepost 47.7 to 51.3 
Garden State Parkway - Milepost 90.5 to 93.5
Garden State Parkway - Mileposts 93.5 to 99.5
Garden State Parkway Widening Project - Interchange 48 to 63
Great Egg Harbor Bay Bridge
Hackensack Easterly Bridge - Deck Project No. T100.137
Holtec International, Camden, NJ
Horizon Blue Shield Blue Cross, Newark, NJ
Hudson County Judicial Complex, Jersey City, NJ
Hudson County Warehouse 77 - Hudson County, NJ
Jersey City Police Department West District Precinct, Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City State College – West Campus Housing, Jersey City, NJ
Kean University – Green Lane Building, Union, NJ
Kipp Norcross Academy, Camden, NJ
Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, Marlboro Township, NJ
Mercer County Courthouse Renovation, Trenton, NJ
Metlife Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ
New Jersey Turnpike, Mileposts 68.3 to 69.3
Newark Farmers Market, Newark, NJ
Ocean Grove Boardwalk, Ocean Grove, NJ
Panasonic Headquarters, Newark, NJ
Prudential Tower, Newark, NJ
Quarter Mile Elementary School, Vineland, NJ
Rosedale Charter School, Camden, NJ
Route 35 Cheesequake Creek Bridge Reconstruction
Route 7 WittPenn Bridge
Route 71 Causeway Project, Ocean County, NJ
Rowan College – Freshman Village, Glassboro, NJ
Rowan College – New Business School, Glassboro, NJ
Rowan College – New Engineering Building, Glassboro, NJ
Rowan College – Old Bank Reno, Camden, NJ
Rutgers Nursing School, Camden, NJ
Sea Isle City Hall, Sea Isle, NJ
Stem Building (Science Building), Ewing, NJ
Teachers Village, Newark, NJ
Thomas Edison School of Nursing, Trenton, NJ
Three Parkway Overpasses, Cape May, NJ
Warren Street Village, Newark, NJ
Woodbridge Board of Education, Woodbridge, NJ