Unions criticize handling of Juneau dock project

Oct 03, 2013 -- 11:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Labor unions in Juneau are criticizing the city's decision to bid a contract for a dock project without a project labor agreement. KTOO says the $54 million project calls for construction of two floating cruise ship berths. A PLA is an agreement between a project owner and labor unions establishing wages, benefits, working conditions and other terms for a project. The agreements do not require the hiring of a union contractor, but they typically encourage the use of local workers and apprentices if possible. Pete Ford, president of the Juneau Central Labor Council, says that in the 13 years he's been in Juneau, projects of that size have included the agreement. Juneau ports director Carl Uchytil says review of the project determined such an agreement was not warranted.

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