Community Benefit Agreements, sometimes known as Project Labor Agreements, have been used for generations. They are collective bargaining agreements between building trade unions and contractors or the owner or developer of a property that is under construction or being redeveloped.
These agreements govern terms and conditions of employment for all craft workers — union and nonunion — on a construction project. They protect taxpayers by eliminating costly delays due to labor conflicts or shortages of skilled workers. They also help provide not only jobs, but new opportunity through access to career training in any one of the union construction trades.
Community Benefit Agreements can be tailored to the community’s needs, the size and type of the proposed development and the end user’s expectations.
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