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Michael Quiñones, of IUEC Local #10, reads a statement supporting project labor agreements during a Feb. 7 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Loudoun County would not benefit from implementing project labor agreements for major public works projects, according to a study presented to the board of supervisors Tuesday. The news came to the visible frustration of some board members who have supported efforts to use project-specific collective bargaining agreements for some county contracts.

The board commissioned the study on PLAs last year on a party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. PLAs had previously been banned in Virginia, but Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly voted in 2020 to allow localities to pursue the arrangement, which is defined in Virginia as “a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific public works project.” No Virginia locality has yet to sign a PLA, although Fairfax County is expected to begin negotiations this summer for a pilot project.

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Loudoun County supervisors Juli Briskman, D-Algonkian, and Michael Turner, D-Ashburn, listen to a presentation during a Feb. 7 board meeting.

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