Our View: PLAs need more debate, scrutiny
June 11, 2021
We found the debate and discussion over Project Labor Agreements within the City of Cloquet inadequate. First enacted in 2017, PLAs have been touted as a way to ensure quality union construction and also as an anti-competitive impediment to economic development. Both may be true. But it will be difficult to craft a PLA that satisfies both sides.
The city council is right to revisit the issue. In 2017, it enacted the ordinance requiring the use of PLAs on projects within Cloquet that receive more than $175,000 in city funding of any kind. It was controversial at the time for two reasons: fir...