Essentia Health's $800 million investment in its Duluth campus - and the 5,600 construction jobs it is expected to create - will be governed by a project labor agreement.

Essentia, its contractor McGough Construction and the Duluth Building and Construction Trades Council announced the PLA on Monday.

"This agreement provides a framework for labor and management cooperation and stability, and provides a steady, skilled workforce for a project of this magnitude," said Craig Olson, president of the trades council.

In addition to at least 5,600 on-site construction jobs, the Vision Northland project will create or sustain 3,600 off-site construction-related jobs. It is the largest private investment in Duluth's history.

The project labor agreement ensures all covered construction employees work under the same terms and conditions.

Construction on the new hospital bed tower, surgical suites and clinic space is set to start in November, according to Essentia.

"Working closely with the Duluth Building Trades, we will, to the greatest extent possible, utilize local talent to provide the skill and expertise necessary for the project," said Tim McGough, executive vice president of McGough. "It goes without saying that this project wouldn't get off the ground without the more than 2 million skilled man-hours being provided by the Building Trades."

The PLA will apply to workers in the following unions: Asbestos Workers Local 49; Boilermakers Local 647; BAC Local 1 Chapter 3 Duluth & Iron Range; Carpenters Local 361; Cement Masons/Plasterers Local 633; Elevator Constructors Local 9; IBEW Local 242; Iron Workers Local 512; Laborers Local 1091; Millwrights & Machinery Erectors Local 1348; Operating Engineers Local 49; Painters & Allied Trades Local 106; Plumbers & Fitters Local 11; Roofers Local 96; Sheet Metal Workers Local 10; Sprinklers Fitters Local 669; and Teamsters Local 346.