Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz is accusing the Navy of stalling on the implementation of an Obama Administration policy that encourages collective bargaining for buildup-related projects.
In a release, the Vice Speaker says he has sent letters to various officials in Washington, criticizing the Department of Defense and others for delaying the implementation of Project Labor Agreements as a requirement for contractors for large projects related to the buildup.
Project Labor Agreements, or PLAs, are agreements made through collective bargaining to ensure that labor costs are predetermined, labor standards are
followed, and project work proceeds without disruption. In February 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order encouraging federal agencies to require PLAs as a way promote efficiencies in federal contracting.
According to Cruz, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) which oversees Guam buildup-related projects, has not done anything to even prepare for the policy before the first round of contracts will be signed following the final EIS Record of Decision expected within days.
In his letters, Cruz writes: “That the Administration’s policy since February 2009 has been circumvented with unnecessary delay reinforces the idea that DoD had no interest in implementing this policy in the first place.”
Cruz says he believes PLAs will improve workplace conditions for projects related to the buildup and, in general, advance labor and employment standards in Guam’s construction industry.
NAVFAC Marianas told PNC News that they are working on a response which is expected to be released tomorrow, Friday.