"This new PLA policy will aim to ensure stability, efficiency, equality and diversity in every major public-works project in the city of Philadelphia," Nutter said. "Construction sites should reflect the diversity of the city of Philadelphia, more importantly on projects that are paid for by hardworking city taxpayers."
A project-labor agreement is a contract that lays out the terms and conditions of employment for workers on a project prior to hiring with a labor organization.
Additionally, the agreements will reduce work stoppages, strikes and slowdowns.
"Our work will be done on budget, on time, with some of the most skilled tradespeople," Nutter said.
Agreement goals will be monitored by a third party to be agreed upon by the city, unions and contractors, and overseen by the Office of Economic Opportunity. The executive order re-establishes the Advisory Committee for Project Labor Agreements, consisting of several city officials including the mayor's chief of staff, the city solicitor and the managing director, all of whom are to monitor and review the agreements and periodically evaluate progress.
Nutter said the latest agreement would not make projects more costly.
Patrick Gillespie, business manager for the Building and Construction Trades Council, said the agreement would ensure inclusion of Philadelphia residents and minorities.
"This is indeed historic," Gillespie said. "The stereotypical view [is that we are] a bunch of fat white guys from the suburbs, but that is not the case, and never has been the case."