PLAs allow all contractors to bid on projects whether they are union or non-union. A study done by Cornell University in 2009 concluded that, “public-sector PLAs are not ‘union-only’ agreements”.  Generally speaking, PLAs carry a mix of employment from union and non-union labor based on the skill needs of the project and the availability of local workers. PLAs ensure a larger labor pool to recruit skilled and experienced labor, whether unionized or non-unionized, to make sure the project gets done.

Connecticut’s new state law, Senate Bill 33, outlines new requirements for state funded PLAs.

“Any project labor agreement required by a public entity shall permit the selection of the lowest responsible qualified bidder without regard to labor organization affiliation.”