What is a PLA?

A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is an agreement between a building owner or a municipality and a building trades council. The agreement specifies wages, work conditions, and hiring goals for construction projects. Having a PLA for your project adds many advantages including providing consistency for your budget, skilled workforce needs, and meeting timelines. PLAs are commonly used for school construction, new developments, and partnerships with public entities.

In Connecticut, you don’t have to look far to see PLA projects that were built on-budget and on-time using local workers. Here are a few: UConn’s Rentschler Field Stadium, the UConn University School of Business, as well as the New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury and Bridgeport school systems. Work has also just started on the new Jackson Laboratory facility and the UConn Dempsey Hospital.


Here are six excellent reasons why you should pick a PLA for your project:

1. Hiring Local Workers

2. On-Budget Results

3. Finishing On-Time

4. Using Skilled Labor Equals Top Quality Workmanship

5. Everyone Can Bid

6. Minority and Veteran Employment


Watch Conneticut Governor Dannel Malloy's address at the National Building Trades Convention