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Democratic National Convention Committee Signs Project Labor Agreement with Philadelphia Labor Unions

PLA Reflects Democratic Values, Commitment to Working People

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has signed an official Project Labor Agreement with local trades for work at convention venues. The DNCC’s steadfast commitment to using organized labor reflects Democratic values and the working people that make up the backbone of the Party.  

For decades, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), establishing rules for work and employment, have been essential foundations for our nation’s most important projects. This PLA will benefit working families and taxpayers throughout the region by ensuring that convention projects are completed at the highest quality on time, on task, and on budget.

Said Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, DNCC CEO: "I’m pleased that our hard work and preparation has kept us on time, on task and on budget as we move into a critical phase of convention planning. The labor community is a vital partner to our Convention efforts and to our work in the Democratic Party. Their commitment to protecting the rights of workers and working families is reflective of the core principles our Party will illustrate during the Democratic National Convention. Our valued labor partners will ensure that this convention is built efficiently with an unparalleled quality of craftsmanship. We are ready to transform the Wells Fargo Complex into the epicenter of American politics, where we will come together to convey our Democratic values and ideals to the world."

"The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council is pleased to be signing a Project Labor Agreement today with organizers of the Democratic National Convention to deliver a first-class convention that will be seen and heard around the world.  Several hundred of our highly-trained tradesmen and tradeswomen will be working seamlessly and around-the-clock to put together this amazing show in just seven weeks.  We will make Philadelphia and the DNC extremely proud,” said John J. Dougherty, Business Manager, Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.

“Organized labor was a major part of the successful 2000 Republican convention and I’m confident that this summer’s event will be even better,” said Patrick J. Eiding, President, Pennsylvania AFO-CIO. "I’m excited to partner with the Democratic National Convention Committee on this historic agreement."

He continued, "When we host a major event like this convention, Philadelphia’s working men and women are the real stars of the show. From building stages to serving meals to keeping the streets clean, these working people are what make Philadelphia such an attractive choice to organizations like the DNC."

Additional photos from the PLA signing available here.


About the Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking Convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to take the Convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President.  At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.

The CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is Reverend Leah D. Daughtry. The official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is