Officials Discuss Metro East Levee Upgrades

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) yesterday met with Colonel Anthony Mitchell, Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, to discuss the Metro East levee project and the Mel Price Dam project.

In our meeting yesterday, I strongly urged Colonel Mitchell to require Project Labor Agreements on the levee improvement projects in the Metro East,” said Durbin. “The local resident have taken the unique step of taxing themselves to make these improvements – an extraordinary move which deserves heightened cooperation from the Corps. Project Labor Agreements have been used successfully in Metro East for decades. They promote efficiency and ensure that workers are paid a fair wage.”

Last year, after the Army Corps of Engineers decided not to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the first major levee improvement projects in the Metro East region, Durbin joined U.S. Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL) in urging the Corps to use PLAs in future levee improvement projects.

In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Illinois members cited President Obama’s February 2009 Executive Order, which encourages the use of Project Labor Agreements on large federal construction projects because the agreements can “promote economy and efficiency in federal procurement.”

A PLA is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project. According to the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council, PLAs have been used successfully on nearly all major projects, public and private, in recent years in Southwestern Illinois.

Press Release, September 19, 2014

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

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