Lucas County Commissioners Enforce PLA Requirement in Demolition Bid

Lucas County Commissioners withdrew a demolition contract because the contractor ignored contract language requiring the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

On Feb. 9, commissioners rescinded their contract to Paschal, Bign & Sons Excavating, LCC, to raze an apartment building that sits on land deemed necessary to realign Brandyway Lane for the installation of a public roadway.

Jeff Losey, County Engineer Project Manager, told the Toledo Blade that since Paschal, Bign & Sons failed to meet the contract’s specifications calling for a PLA, the county deemed their bid not to be the lowest and most responsive bid.

PLAs call for the exclusive use of union tradesmen and tradeswomen on a construction project. A PLA requires all employers to sign collective bargaining agreements with the appropriate trade unions for all work on the project. Collective bargaining enables working union members to negotiate with employers on terms of employment. Employers can resolve issues at the bargaining level rather than through conflict, including a work stoppage, which reduces employee turnover by promoting open communication and job security.

Research studies have shown PLAs are good for public and private-sector construction projects. The validity of PLAs has consistently been upheld by both federal and state courts. PLAs do not adversely affect the costs of construction projects; rather, they positively influence project timeliness, quality, safety, training, minority employment, employee benefits and labor peace.

By taking this action against Paschal, Bign & Sons, Lucas County Commissioners will enter into an agreement with Baumann Enterprises Inc. to raze the apartment building. Baumann has 15 working days to sign the contract.

The Lucas County Commissioners continue to ensure that the hard-working men and women of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades have a fair opportunity to work on public projects costing more than $100,000.

By using a union workforce, commissioners can be assured of a project that is completed safely, on time on budget.

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