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.