Rocky Hill Approves Project Labor Agreement

The Rocky Hill Town Council Voted in Favor of a PLA for the High School Renovation Project


Monday night, the Rocky Hill Town Council voted in favor of using a project labor agreement (PLA) for the upcoming $45 million Rocky Hill High School Renovation Project. Mayor Anthony LaRosa was among those in favor of the PLA.

PLAs ensure that local residents will work on the project because the agreement includes local worker requirements. Without a PLA in place, there is a good chance that community dollars won’t stay in that community. The importance of local hiring resonated with the Rocky Hill Town Council members who voted to approve the PLA. These local workers will come from Rocky Hill and the surrounding towns of Wethersfield, Newington, Cromwell, and Berlin.

During last night’s meeting, Town Council member Barbara Orsini Surwilo expressed her support of the PLA. Ms. Surwilo argued that this PLA will “give the people of Rocky Hill a path to earning a solid wage and the chance to have a piece of the middle class dream.”

Council members also expressed their support of the top-notch training requirements that come along with a PLA. They provide access to the best skilled workers in Connecticut at competitive labor rates. The Connecticut Building Trades has an intensive multi-year apprenticeship program that includes 17 training facilities in CT.  The facilities provide both classrooms and hands-on training, which allow apprentices to learn the most up-to-date skills required for their trade. This training is provided at no cost to the student. PLA projects are handled by trained workers ensuring that no corners are cut by amateurs or out of state contractors.

For more information about project labor agreements and other PLA projects please visit www.choosepla.com.

Harry March 20, 2013 at 03:47 AM
In other words it's not about the school at all, it's about funding Unions. Can local contractors that aren't part of a union bid on work?
Ted Brogan March 20, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Robert, What about all of the negative aspects of a PLA presented at the meeting? Local nonunion contractors and workers will be harmed. Costs will increase. No mention of that or the close 5-4 vote? Did you just copy the union's press release?
Ted Brogan March 20, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Go to www.TheTruthAboutPLAs.com for the real story on PLAs.
Ted Brogan March 20, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Rocky Hill, take note: PLA reduced competition & increased costs on Meriden's Maloney High School. Here is today's article about it: http://t.co/uNvBHDqwe0. Expect similar results unless these added costs are already baked into the construction budget by union cronies.
Richard Paulino March 20, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Non-union companies cannot feasibly bid on a PLA project no matter what the "law" allows. If a non-union company won the bid, 7 out of every 10 workers they use must come from the hall. How well do you suppose a non-union company will do with union labor that despise the company they are working for. Union companies will and do use out of state workers.
Harry March 20, 2013 at 02:23 PM
We are the union, the mighty mighty union, no justice, no peace. What do we want? Someone else's money, when do we want it? NOW
Mike March 20, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Great job with the PLA!....without these non-union companies outsource to untrained personnel ...they are the ones taking people from "TEMP AGENCIES" and putting all the money in their own pockets...Essentially robbing highly skilled workers from putting food on the table for their families...Everyone has to pay taxes...let's make sure the money goes in the right pockets!!!! Union highly skilled/trained labor is the best choice!!!
Harry March 20, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Lol@ Mike, Guess the only people allowed to put food on their tables are those that pay union dues. Highly trained?? In what? Taking breaks? Bankrupting states? I love it, you are only considered trained if you pay union dues. Unions are a joke . Go to any right to work state an unions are bleeding out. If you couldn't use your communist tactics by stealing money from people you would certainly be a thing of the past. Just looke at the homes so called union leaders and stewards live it. Unions and progressives are the cancer in today's society. Nothing against hard working people who are union members , it's not there fault they are getting screwed just like the taxpayer. How's Detroit working out for ya. Rocky hill will soon be detroit , this 60 million dollar project and the prison on west st, And you wonder why the mayor quit
Major A. March 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM
OMG. The Council is spending like drunken fools! Sell you homes and head for the hills. The new acting Mayor and PLA benefactor, Tim Moriarity, is of course a Vice President of the carpenters union. No conflict there ... sure. He was called on it at a recent Council Meeting, and argued no conflict. He has also been involved in other town projects involving selecting construction bidders. Wonder who got those jobs. On another front, Tony LaRosa left without giving any notice. Wow, real dedication to finishing what you started. Anyone have a problem with that? Either he was pushed out by the power hungry dictatorial DeBears who run the Democratic Town Committee, or rumor has it he has a job lined up at local Burris Corp. Rumor also has it MacDonald will be the next Mayor. Hopefully, he'll clean house and send the Manager packing along with her cronies. Unfortunately, MacDonald is tied to Debear, & Moriarity. Enough rambling for the day.
Mike March 20, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Harry...you can still bid the work ....you need compitent trained professionals that carry the correct trade licensing..you need to front the money for material/labor .....and you need to complete the job!....on numerous occasions these "fly by night companies" have tried and failed to complete similar jobs....then the unions are asked to come in to correct and finish properly....and they do exactly that...and yes it does cost more! So why " Harry" do we want to spend more? I have a feeling that "Harry" will be running for mayor at the next vote....he may impose the "Harry" cut....that is when he cuts all town employees wages to minimum and we start using the drive through at McDonald's for town hall business ...way to go Harry ...you got my vote...lol
Ted Brogan March 21, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Mike, since when did unions have a monopoly on licenses and training? It sounds like what you are really trying to say is nonunion workers and contractors are inferior. What about all of those projects built on-time, on-budget and with a local workforce without PLAs? If unions are so amazing, why do only 13 percent of the U.S. construction workforce (and 11.4 percent of CT's) belong to a union? Why do unions have to turn to their pals in government to win work? There are bad actors in the industry, but they are typically removed through a prequalification process. The PLA is a solution to a minor problem invented by unions to justify a sweetheart deal and everyone knows it. Unfortunately, five Rocky Hill members are working for union interests instead of working for taxpayer interests. That needs to end.
Sabrina March 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Did you all know that council person Timothy Moriarty is a teacher for the Carpentry Union and was asked by a co-council member to recuse himself from the vote due to a conflict of interest? He obviously declined. Also, did people notice that the Mayor stepped down from his position the next day to take on a state level position and I wonder who's support he needed to obtain that position? And presently, Tim Moriarty is acting as Mayor Pro-tem... I wonder if he is trying to buy his support for mayor by giving this job to the unions?
Sabrina March 22, 2013 at 02:51 PM
This doesn't actually happen. This is a mis-conception/ form of propaganda perpetuated by the unions. And what are the unions feeding their children where they can justify charging double that of an open shop company ?
Mike March 22, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Sabrina....it happens everyday ...put on a hard hat and walk on the jobsite....you may be one of the few speaking English


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