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What are Community Workforce Agreements?

Community Workforce Agreements, also known as Project Labor Agreements or Project Stabilization Agreements, are project-specific, pre-hire collective bargaining agreements that set out terms and conditions of employment.  The purpose of a CWA is to facilitate the smooth completion of a project by allowing stakeholders to agree to ground rules and synchronize expectations before the project starts.  Wages, benefits, schedules and work rules are standardized up front, and parties agree to prevent work stoppages and submit to speedy dispute-resolution procedures.  Public CWAs also focus on creating a positive community impact, with targeted hiring, training and outreach programs.


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