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Controlling Costs in School Construction


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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A new study released by the NUSIPR (National University System Institute for Policy Research),, La Jolla, Calif., shows construction projects in the state of California built under contracts that contain provisions known as PLAs (project labor agreements) can cost 13-15% more than projects that do not contain such provisions. PLAs are agreements between those constructing projects and construction trade unions and address such issues as hiring preferences, wages, benefits, and how labor disputes are to be resolved.