The Linn County Board of Supervisors are giving serious consideration to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the reconstruction of the Linn County Administrative Office Building. For those of you new to the concept of a PLA, it is a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between a construction project owner (Linn County) and labor unions and in order for contractors wanting work on the public project, they must first sign onto the collective bargaining agreement / PLA document. In doing so, the contractor agrees staff the project as if it were a union contractor.
We believe that any action which requires an open shop worker to go through the union hall to work on the project and thus subjects that worker to the union’s system of placement priority effectively denies that person a job is not in the spirit of the right to work law. Moreover, under the terms of the proposed Linn County PLA, a merit-shop contractor is forced to submit a list of "core employees" eligible to do work on the project. This core employee formula is a sliding scale that mandates that, for example, a 50 person paint crew must be filled with at least 39 referrals from the union hall, and that only 11 of the contractor's current work force.