BURLINGTON RESIDENTS: Solidarity Needed for Building Trades for PLA at Moran Plant

The City of Burlington is considering whether to implement a fair trade “Project Labor Agreement” (PLA) for the Moran Plant reconstruction. A PLA is essentially a one-job collective bargaining agreement between the owner and all the contractors that outlines terms and conditions of employment (family-supporting wages, benefits, disciplinary procedures, work schedules, safety expectations, etc.). Most importantly, a PLA would give Burlingtonians access to state-certified apprenticeships and quality health insurance and retirement benefits through the local building trades union halls. Both union and non-union contractors can work on a PLA job so long as they abide by the agreement for the single project.

Last year, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution encouraging the use of a PLA. Even though a PLA is clearly the right choice for taxpayers and workers, City leaders need to hear from constituents. The Vermont Workers’ Center and area building trade unions want citizens – particularly Burlington residents – to speak in favor of a Moran PLA at upcoming meetings:

Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee – November 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Firehouse Gallery (Goode Room).

Burlington City Council – December 6, 7 p.m., Contois, Burlington City Hall.

We also need people to CONTACT THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILORS DIRECTLY (contact list, talking points below). It’s going to take our efforts and courage on the City’s part to get this done. Please help!

SIGN PETITION: http://bit.ly/aRpxUc

MORE INFO ABOUT PLAs: http://www.plaswork.org

Talking Points: PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS

A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is a comprehensive pre-hire collective bargaining agreement that sets the basic terms and conditions of employment for
an entire construction project.

- Local jobs for local workers.

- More protections in a collectively bargained setting.

- Multiplier Effect: paying local workers fairly stimulates the local economy.

- Responsible use of tax dollars.

- Connects veterans, minorities and at-risk people to training and certified apprenticeships - GOOD CAREERS.

- Fair Trade: a solid product built by properly trained, fairly paid workers.

- Promotes good jobsite safety and health.

- Provides health insurance, retirement benefits for workers. (under current system, many non-union contactors are able to undercut responsible contractors by having workers rely on public programs and this be subsidized by taxpayers)

-Greater efficiency, cooperation between construction trades.

BURLINGTON CITY OFFICIALS

Mayor Bob Kiss
149 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-865-7272
mayor@ci.burlington.vt.us

City Councilors
Ward 1
Ed Adrian
35 Brookes Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
802-233-2131
eadrian@comcast.net

Sharon Foley Bushor
52 East Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
802-658-3604

Ward 2
David Berezniak
52 Willow Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-863-2598
davidsframeshop@aol.com

Bram Kranichfeld
139 Hyde Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-338-1992
bwkranic@yahoo.com

Ward 3
Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
79 Front Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-999-6723
emstanak@ci.burlington.vt.us

Ward 4
Nancy C. Kaplan
54 Muirfield Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-8807
nckaplan@gmail.com

Kurt Wright
31 Vine Street
Burlington, VT 05408
802-658-1410
vinewright@burlingtontelecom.net

Ward 5
William J. Keogh, city council president
21 Alder Lane
Burlington, VT 05401
802-862-5270
bkeoghsr@yahoo.com

Joan Shannon
41 Central Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
802-860-7489
jshannon@burlingtontelecom.net

Ward 6
Mary Kehoe
27 Kingsland Terrace
Burlington, VT 05401
802-862-5520
kehoeforcouncil@gmail.com

Karen Paul
171 Crescent Road
Burlington, VT 05401
802-863-3817
paulfin@sover.net

Ward 7
Paul Decelles
96 Gosse Court
Burlington, VT 05408
802-658-4367
pdecelles@comcast.net

Vincent Dober, Sr.
82 Heineberg Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-865-4907
doberv@burlingtontelecom.net

Not sure which ward you live in? Contact the City Clerk at 802-865-7000.