As readers consider plans proposed by Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to use project labor agreements for several large construction projects throughout the state, it’s important that they have all of the facts about this critical economic development tool. (“Project labor agreements: Mass. taxpayers lose again,” July 24).
Numerous studies indicate that PLAs ensure that construction projects are completed on time and on budget.
In fact, a recent independent university report found that PLAs led to substantial improvements in efficiency and safety.
Furthermore, the Beacon Hill Institute figures cited in the editorial were discredited by researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Tennessee, who found no evidence of project costs increasing because of the use of a PLA.
The bottom line is that this common-sense agreement is a proven way to create demand for well-paying, middle-class jobs and to ensure that construction companies remain accountable to taxpayers, finishing their projects on time, on budget, and with a safe, highly skilled workforce.