Bill Finch (opinion): Putting local people to work makes sense
When you drive by a construction site and see license plates from a bunch of other states, doesn’t that make you wonder — why aren’t local workers building local buildings?
Don’t you wish that you could wave a magic wand and keep all the money spent on these projects recirculating in our local economies? Well, there is a magic wand — it’s called a Project Labor Agreement, or PLA. A PLA puts all the community benefits into a written agreement ensuring projects are built on time and on budget. John DeStefano (D), former mayor of New Haven, Mark Boughton (R) former mayor of Danbury, and John Harkins (R) former mayor of Stratford, among others all used PLAs successfully. Those cities and many others continue to use PLAs today.