Labor Day was started by the labor movement in the late 19th century and is a time to revel in the hard work that our nation’s labor contributes to our society. Labor unions played a major role in advocating for the worker’s rights we celebrate today. Labor union workers are dedicated to their jobs and are known for their expertise and extensive training. Large corporations and groups like these partner on construction projects of all sizes throughout PA that provide local citizens with reliable, family wage jobs. One that is still providing many benefits to Pennsylvanians is the $200 million dollar Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between Energy Transfer Partners and the Philadelphia Building Trades.
The PLA was signed in April of 2019 for construction on the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex (MHIC) and was expected to employ up to 1,200 skilled laborers including IBEW electricians, Steamfitters, Boilermakers, Operating Engineers, and the Laborers. The agreement covered all Energy Transfer on-site growth construction projects planned for the next two years and the option to extend the contract.
“Energy Transfer should be commended for demonstrating its commitment to local workers and the regional economy,” said Anthony Gallagher, vice president of the Philadelphia Building Trades and business manager for Steamfitters Local 420. “This is an important partnership that demonstrates the value of skilled labor and proves that relationships like this are good for business.”
Relationships between labor unions and corporate projects benefit both parties. Labor union members have the chance to work locally on projects that provide reliability and fair wages while corporations like Energy Transfer rest assured they are getting the top-trained skilled tradesmen performing their duties with the highest standards.