by Kim Slowey
July 26, 2016
- General contractor Mortenson Construction has entered into a project labor agreement (PLA) with local trade unions and workers on the new $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.
- The agreement establishes a prevailing wage guarantee, sets up a dispute resolution process prohibiting any activity – strikes or lockouts – that could hold up construction and requires a veteran employment program through the organization Helmets to Hardhats.
Bucks President Peter Feigen praised the deal and said the team was proud to “enlist local labor” in the safe and efficient construction of the arena. Local trade union representatives also hailed Mortenson’s willingness to use union labor and its understanding of “the role of the PLA from the quality, productivity and the safety it provides.”