The 2020 New Construction PLA covers select new construction projects let by City agencies and creates consistent work rules across construction projects, reduces administrative burden on construction agencies, and connects working people in neighborhoods across the city to union apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. Unionized construction offers not only a job but the opportunity to obtain a lifelong career as a licensed professional with a living wage, health, vacation, and retirement benefits and multiple year paid apprenticeship training to ensure quality and safety.
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Unions will prioritize the referral of workers from zip codes where at least 15% of the population lives below the federal poverty level and/or are NYCHA residents, aiming to reach an overall goal that at least 30 percent of all hours worked under PLA projects are logged by workers from these zip codes.
Unions will provide contractors with apprentices on City construction projects up to the maximum number allowed by the New York State Department of Labor when contractors request apprentices. An apprenticeship Memorandum of Understanding establishes, for the first time, specific annual goals for the number of slots provided for both apprentices and pre-apprentices for residents of disadvantaged communities and NYCHA housing.
This PLA increases opportunities and adds flexibility for MWBEs, allowing their workforce to gain valuable experience on city projects and build their companies, while continuing to source from within communities.