Negotiating Construction Project Labor Agreements: Key Terms for Managing Costs, Limiting Risks

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A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (in 12 days)

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

This CLE webinar will provide construction practitioners with practical insight into drafting project labor agreements (PLAs). The panelist will discuss key contract provisions for owners, contractors and labor providers and best practices for avoiding pitfalls in their use in public and private construction projects, including what a municipality and a union can legally do through a PLA and what is not legal under a PLA.


A PLA is a pre-hire agreement between a public or private project owner or contractor and one or more labor unions or providers that governs the terms of employment of all trade persons performing work on the project.

PLAs can help resolve the inherently conflicting nature of the various collective bargaining agreements that govern the various trades. Skillfully crafted terms in a PLA can reconcile jurisdictional disputes, pay rates and overtime, and shift time premiums, working hours, the observance of holidays and other working conditions contained in individual collective bargaining agreements.

However, PLAs are controversial and should be drafted with care to not only address any labor aspects unique to a given project but also litigation. Counsel should be involved at the outset and should have a thorough understanding of the rights and responsibilities of each of the parties in project completion.

Listen as our panel of seasoned construction practitioners discusses essential issues for attorneys to consider in drafting PLAs, how the terms increase efficiency and limit risk for the parties, and how to implement the agreements as a cost-management tool for complex construction projects.



  1. Project labor agreements
    1. Purpose generally
    2. Benefits and risks
    3. Parties
  2. Drafting key terms
  3. Enforcement issues for owners, contractors, labor providers and municipalities
  4. Interplay with other agreements
    1. Subcontracts
    2. Collective bargaining
    3. Insurance coverage


The panelist will explore these and other critical issues:

  • What is the general framework and purpose of a PLA?
  • How can counsel for labor providers reconcile conflicting terms in collective bargaining agreements with PLA terms?
  • How can counsel effectively leverage the cost-saving benefits of a PLA to effectuate a “win-win” for the parties?
  • What are some of the enforcement issues for municipalities and labor unions under PLAs? What actions are permitted and not permitted?


Zimolong, Wally
Wally Zimolong

Zimolong Law

Mr. Zimolong has dedicated his entire legal career to representing developers and contractors in disputes between...  |  Read More