JGPO: Project Labor Agreements May Not Apply To Guam Buildup Projects

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Guam – Collective bargaining resulting in “Project Labor Agreements” [PLA]  ensuring fixed labor costs and labor standards, may not be required for military buildup projects on Guam, even though the Obama Administration has encouraged Federal Agencies to require them.

In February 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order encouraging federal agencies to require PLAs as a way to promote fair labor standards, and efficiencies in federal contracting.

Vice Speaker BJ Cruz Thursday accused the Navy of stalling on the implementation of  that policy.  

In a release, Senator Cruz  said 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.”

However “encouraging” federal agencies to require PLA’s, is not the same as mandating that they require PLA’s. And a statement from JGPO says the question of whether or not they would apply to Guam buildup projects is still under review.

The JGPO statement says that “An integrated federal government team, led by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) labor advisor in Washington D.C., is assessing whether project labor agreements for construction projects in support of the military relocation program on Guam will meet the goals of President Obama’s Executive Order.”

No decision has been made yet on whether PLAs will be required for buildup projects on island. And the review will only result in a “recommendation regarding the use of project labor agreements for construction projects … on Guam.”

The review will include “focus group meetings” with industry and  labor groups as well as Guam agencies.

Those focus group meetings will take place in October, which means that no decision on whether project labor agreements will apply here will be made until the end of October at the earliest.

Read the JGPO Statment in its entirety below:

An integrated federal government team, led by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) labor advisor in Washington D.C., is assessing whether project labor agreements for construction projects in support of the military relocation program on Guam will meet the goals of President Obama’s Executive Order.

Consistent with federal regulations that have implemented the Executive Order, the team is carefully weighing all perspectives before making a recommendation regarding the use of project labor agreements for construction projects in support of the military relocation program on Guam. An important component of this process will be focus group meetings, which will be held with associated industry personnel, labor interests, and Guam agencies in October.