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Guide to Community Workforce Agreements

Guide to Community Workforce Agreements

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Community Workforce Agreements, also called Project Labor Agreements, are legally-binding pre-hire agreements between a contractor and local labor organizations for specified construction projects. The agreements set standards for pay and benefits, quotas for local hiring and incorporate community interests. The Agreements are aimed at addressing specific community needs, some of which include provisions for minority and at-risk hiring as well as obtaining minority business support. The Agreements vary between each project, but most include guaranteeing no-strikes or lockouts, providing alternative dispute resolution procedures, determining worker conditions and hiring through a union referral system or by utilizing apprenticeship programs.