Construction Labor Agreements in D.C. Criticized for Cost

July 2, 2010  |  

(Washington Business Journal) — Forcing contractors of D.C.’s subsidized projects to hire more District residents and sign project labor agreements could increase costs and offset efforts to ease the expense of construction initiatives, a city official said Wednesday.

Legislation before the D.C. Council would require that contractors of taxpayer subsidized projects valued in excess of $200,000 hire city residents for 25 percent of journeyman hours, 50 percent of apprenticeship hours, 60 percent of skilled laborer hours and 70 percent of unskilled laborer hours.

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