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March 17, 2004

Monorail moves toward PLA deal

SEATTLE -- A Seattle Monorail Project committee on Tuesday approved a project labor agreement for the monorail Green Line.

The PLA was first agreed to by 36 local unions. Final approval by the national union offices is expected later this month.

Under the agreement, Green Line contractors and subcontractors must pay prevailing wages and benefits as well as contribute to health and safety programs. No lockouts, work stoppages or delays will be allowed, a key provision to help ensure the project stays on budget and on schedule.

"This was a key priority for us, knowing that there will be 2,100 new jobs in the community because of the Green Line," said board chair Tom Weeks.

Included is a commitment to apprenticeship positions, with a particular emphasis on low-income women and people of color.

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