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NWNCA Achieves Ground Breaking Agreement in Portland

The City of Portland is about to try out a new kind of project labor agreement on public construction contracts. The 23-page “Model Community Benefits Agreement” approved Sept. 5 mandates that on future City construction projects, unions will represent workers, and women and minority workers and contractors will have expanded opportunities. The community benefits agreement, approved in a 5-0 vote, was developed in nearly two years of meetings among unions, minority contractors, pre-apprenticeship training programs, and city officials, and will apply to projects of over $15 million.

The agreement sets goals:

  • At least 18 percent of the work will be performed by minorities, and 9 percent by women, and the targets apply both to journeymen and apprentices;
  • At least 20 percent of the work on contracts of over $200,000 (and subcontracts of over $100,000) will be performed by apprentices;
  • At least 20 percent of the hard construction costs will go to women-owned, minority-owned and “disadvantaged” businesses, and joint ventures with minority and women-owned businesses will get a preference of up to 5 percent in bidding on contracts; and
  • At least 30 percent of the workforce will be hired from areas identified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as “historically underutilized business” zones, census tracts that include downtown Portland, inner Southeast and Northeast Portland, and the Lents, and Cully neighborhoods in outer Southeast and Northeast, as well as areas of Gresham, Hillsboro and western Clark County.   Read More

Free seminars set on ‘structured settlements’ for injured workers

Free seminars set on ‘structured settlements’ for injured workers

Last year, lawmakers in Olympia dramatically changed Washington’s workers’ compensation system. The biggest change was the legalization of “structured settlements,” also known as compromise-and-release buyouts, whereby employers can negotiate with injured workers to pay a series of lump-sum payments to settle claims.

Although organized labor aggressively opposed this change, it has become the law. Therefore, it is in the interests of union organizations to learn how this new system will work in order to best preserve the rights and protect the interests of workers injured on the job.

The Washington State Labor Council and the Project Help program will present two free seminars in January to explain the dramatic changes and answer questions about structured settlements. The seminars will feature presentations from various perspectives will give you an overall picture of the new structured settlement options, including from:

  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Self-Insured Ombudsman’s office
  • Department of Labor and Industries
  • Board of Industrial Insurance
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Project Help

The seminars will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

Friday, Jan. 20 in SPOKANE at Operating Engineers Hall, 510 S. Elm St.

Friday, Jan. 27 in OLYMPIA at the WSLC’s Davis-Williams Building, 906 Columbia St. SW

Due to limited space, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. So the time to sign up is NOW! Please call Karen White at 206-281-8901 ext. 14 or email her at kwhite@wslc.org to register. You must indicate which of the two seminars you want to attend, and provide the names, union organizations, mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for each attendee.

The Project Help Program is a cooperative effort between the WSLC, the state’s business community, and the Department of Labor and Industries with the goal of facilitating early and successful resolution of workers’ compensation claims.

Letter of Support for Keystone XL Project

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PLA for US Navy Bangor Wharf

PLA for U.S. Navy’s $600M Bangor wharf project is a first


SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 15) — In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Navy has added the requirement of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to their newest construction project which will be put out to bid at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The Explosive Handling Wharf #2 project, estimated at $600 million, is expected to break ground in spring of 2012 in a community that will benefit from real economic growth.

Construction labor unions met with the U.S. Navy in November to explore the benefits a PLA would offer on this project. Cost savings and highly skilled labor proved to be the winning combination to secure the agreement. Once the project gets underway, this will be the first PLA utilized by the Navy.

An aerial view of a section of the Delta Refit Pier at the Bangor Submarine Base showing two Ohio class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines tied up at the facility. (www.dodmedia.osd.mil)

“The use of a PLA is a very good fit for the Navy’s business needs on this project,” said David Myers, Executive Secretary for the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council.  “All construction unions came together and made a commitment to meet the very strict windows available to do construction on the waterfront.  This sort of commitment to the project will ensure success and open talks for additional PLA’s in the future.”

The construction labor on this project will be provided by the Olympic Peninsula Building Trades and the Northwest Regional Council of the National Construction Alliance II (NWNCA).

“I applaud the decision to use an available, highly skilled local workforce,” said Lee Whetham, President of Olympic Peninsula Building and Construction Trades Council.  “Many Fortune 500 companies have already completed successful construction projects using this same approach.”

“This PLA is a first for the Navy, and will lead to more across the country,” said John Littel of the Northwest NCA. “It demonstrates the leadership and value the Washington state construction unions bring to the industry.”

The Washington State Labor Council played an important early role in putting all the players in the room to prove the value of PLA’s to the Navy.

“This is an historic moment for the relationship between the U.S. Navy and labor,” said Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “With this PLA, the Navy will get the highest quality product from our skilled building and construction trade workers and the local economy will get much needed family wage jobs.”

The Building Trades and the Northwest NCA II look forward to delivering the Navy a quality product that is both on time and safely built.

2011 NWNCA Summit

A successful conclusion to our two day summit January 4-5! Left to right: Curt Koegen IUOE 370, Ed Taylor IUOE 612, Ed Triezenberg Northwest Carpenters, Jimmy Matta Northwest Carpenters, Cass Prindle Northwest Carpenters, John Littel Northwest Carpenters, Eric Franklin Northwest Carpenters, Daren Konopaski IUOE 302, Mike D'Antuano NCA, Doug Tweedy Northwest Carpenters, Ernie Evans IUOE 612, John Palmatier Alaska Carpenters, Ken Stroup Northwest Carpenters, Russ Burns IUOE 3, Carl Goff IUOE 3, Dan Hutchins Northwest Carpenters, Bob Alvarado Northern California Carpenters.