The Local Union Building Trades represent more than 6,000 women and men in the trades. We fight every day for livable wages and benefits for our members that you simply cannot find in the non-union construction industry. Project-labor agreements, or PLAs, were created to keep local skilled workers on local construction jobs. They create a level playing field for both union and non-union contractors. PLAs lift even non-union workers up by requiring pay at the area standard wages and benefits.
On June 2, the Cloquet City Council did the right thing by reinstating the PLA in the city of Cloquet. I appreciate that councilors reevaluated and understand what union laborers bring to our city of Cloquet. I am a resident of Cloquet and pay my real estate taxes, shop, and dine all in the city. I am a proud 14-year member of the Laborers International Union of North America. Joining was the best decision I ever made in my working career.
The local unions also volunteer our time to events throughout the year, donate to great causes, and take care of our community. We love to live, play, and work in what we call home.
PLAs have been and will be the best bang for a community’s buck by helping to keep public projects on time and on budget.
The writer is a business agent for Laborers Local 1091.
Readers' View and Local Views
Letters are limited to 300 words, must be the original work of the author and must be exclusive to the News Tribune. Letters are edited for style, space, accuracy and civility.
Letter writers are limited to one published submission every 30 days.
With rare exceptions, the News Tribune does not publish poetry; letters that are anonymous, libelous or attack other writers; consumer-complaint letters; thank-you letters; or letters generated by political or special-interest campaigns.
We will consider exclusive Local View columns of 600 words or fewer. Authors should possess unique insights, and their commentaries should demonstrate greater knowledge of their subject than letters.
Email submissions to: email@example.com
Mail to: Readers' Views, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.
Fax to: 218-720-5120.
Include a full name, address and daytime phone number. Only names and hometowns will be published.