Legislation and Political

An Overview of Project Labor Agreements in Southern Nevada


PLA = A better way to conduct business.

Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have been around since WWI and are becoming increasingly more popular when constructing major projects. PLAs are arguably the most important change in labor – management relations in the construction industry in recent years. While most private projects of any size have been constructed under PLAs for years, approximately 25% of the tax dollars spent on public works projects are currently handled by PLAs. Nevada public agencies currently using PLAs include the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Clark County’s McCarran Airport, Nevada Test Site and the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority. The Hoover Dam was built using an early form of a PLA. Another local government project using a cooperative agreement was the $57 million dollar Clark County Government Center which was brought in on time and under budget, much to everyone’s surprise.

Local private projects benefiting from PLAs include the Mandalay Bay, Paris Hotel and Casino, Apex Generation Station, Gold Strike, Aladdin, Turnberry Place and the Venetian-Palazzo Hotel/Casino Tower project.


Project Labor Agreements