Studies on the Effects of PLAs

Project Labor Agreements in New York State II:  In the Public Interest and of Proven Value.  Cornell University, May 2011. Update to earlier study, stressing industry’s increasing reliance on PLAs. They provide value for government and corporate purchasers of construction services – getting the best work for the money with far greater likelihood of on-time, on-budget performance.

Building Better: A Look at Best Practices for the Design of Project Labor Agreements.  Economic Policy Institute, August 2010. If designed properly, PLAs can help projects meet deadlines by guaranteeing a steady supply of highly skilled labor through the building and construction trades unions’ nationwide network of referral systems and by reconciling the various work routines of the many trades. PLAs also help to assure timely completion by keeping projects free from disruptions resulting from local labor disputes, grievances, or jurisdictional issue.

Project Labor Agreements in New York State: In the Public Interest. Cornell University, March 2009. PLAs have been demonstrated to be a very useful construction management tool for cost savings, for on-time, on-budget, and quality construction.

Project Labor Agreements. Michigan State University, University of Rhode Island, University of Utah, 2007. There is no substantial evidence that PLAs decrease the number of bidders or change the costs of construction projects.PLAs are valuable tools for the construction industry because they can be used to create the conditions needed for a superior construction project.[1].pdf

Project Labor Agreements in Iowa: An Important Tool for Managing Complex Public Construction Projects. The Iowa Policy Project, October 2004. PLAs are more widely used in the private than in the public sector. PLAs must be cost effective and productive or they would not be used so widely by the private-sector entities adopting them.