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Binghamton city council holds budget hearing, hears union pleas for PLAs

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By Emily Girsch.
Binghamton City Council held a public hearing on an ordinance adopting the tax budget for 2016. They also looked at a labor agreement.

Tonight the council heard calls for something that is apparently common in upstate New York. They're called PLAs, or project labor agreements.

This agreement would be between the local building trade council and the city of Binghamton.

The unions say the PLA will create more jobs and stability for people with existing jobs. Fox 40 spoke with a union business manager about how PLAs would help the local economy.

"Well we have about a hundred people who are out of work right now," said David Manager, Business Manager for the Laborers International Union of North America.

"So with a project of this size we would be close if not fully employed."

Marsh also said having a PLA would require up 75 percent local labor, so it would prevent outsourcing.

The council has to conduct a feasibility study to prove this is affordable for the city.

They are scheduled to make a decision November 4th.