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On The Money: School Construction Costs

The Impact of Project Labor Agreements

Mike Luery, CBS SACRAMENTO

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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National University’s study showed California taxpayers may be shelling out up to 15% more to build new schools. It happens they say, when independent contractors are forced to hire union labor – or pay into the union’s health care fund – under the terms of a PLA.
“That’s an additional $29 to $32 per square foot higher when you build under a PLA then if you did not,” stated Vince Vasquez, a Senior Policy Analyst with National University’s Institute for Policy Research.