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.

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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