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DC United signs labor agreement for new stadium

Official release from DC United

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. United officials and the affiliated national unions of the Washington DC Building & Construction Trades Council announced agreement on a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of the new D.C. United Soccer Stadium.

As part of the selection criteria for the stadium builder, D.C. United has agreed that they will obligate the selected contractor to honor the PLA.

The agreement ensures that the proposed project will keep its tight schedule through a no-strike provision and guarantees first priority for District residents for employment and apprenticeship opportunities by waiving the union criteria of hiring by seniority.

"Through this agreement, the District has secured the highest priority for bona fide District residents in employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities as well as the creation of contracting opportunities for local business," said Mayor Gray.

"This agreement advances those goals and ensures that District residents in the construction trades have improved pathways to life-long careers with good wages."

The PLA is similar to the agreement used for construction of Nationals Park. City Administrator Allen Y. Lew led negotiations for the District for the current deal.

"We were able to build the Washington Nationals ballpark in 24 months due to the strong partnership with labor. The ballpark had to open in time for the start of the season and we got it done with 52-percent District-based certified business enterprises and 82-percent First Source participation," said Lew. "I'm confident we will have similar success on the soccer stadium."

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