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City Council Rejects Labor Agreement

Elizabeth Dobbins edobbins@lowellsun.comMay 29, 2019

LOWELL — City Councilors want to hire local laborers to build the Lowell High School project.

They want to set requirements for apprenticeship opportunities and ensure a diverse workforce through instituting a minimum percentage for certain groups, like women or people of color on the project.

But they don’t want a Project Labor Agreement.

In a 7-1 vote, opposed only by City Councilor Rita Mercier, the City Council voted to reject a suggested feasibility study on this type of agreement and forego a Project Labor Agreement, or PLA, on the $343.3 million high school project on Tuesday. City Councilor Rodney Elliott, who previously spoke in support of the PLA, was absent.

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