Project Labor Agreements
DSI has extensive experience in negotiating and administering Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).
In addition to the traditional PLA components, such as prohibition of strikes, work stoppages and lockouts, DSI's particular area of expertise is negotiating and administering PLAs that contain provisions for maximizing the hiring of local workers and the utilization of local area businesses. Services include but are not limited to:
Presenting PLA requirements at pre-bid, pre-construction, and pre-job meetings
Reviewing and assuring compliance with local hiring goals
Establishing Social Justice Committees
Establishing and administering Trust Funds
Managing labor relations
Since 1998, DSI has successfully teamed or led in negotiating and administering PLAs for the Port of Oakland, the Oakland Unified School District, the Peralta Community College District and the San Diego County Water Authority. DSI has also completed a PLA cost/benefit analysis for the Chabot Los Positas Community College District.
DSI provides a full range of labor compliance services
DSI provides a full range of labor compliance services, including developing, negotiating and managing Labor Compliance Programs (LCPs) for public agencies, school districts, developers, contractors, construction managers and program managers who have the need to comply with the State of California or federal prevailing wage and apprenticeship utilization laws. These services include, but are not limited to:
Presenting LCP requirements at pre-bid, pre-construction, and pre-job meetings
Collecting, analyzing and validating of certified payroll reports
Conducting site visits and worker interviews
Conducting contractor training
Investigating areas of apparent non-compliance
Generating required compliance reports
Submitting requests for approval of forfeitures to the Department of Industrial Relations
Monitoring payment of prevailing wages and apprenticeship utilization
Providing certified payroll reports upon request from outside agencies
Local Capacity Building
Since 1992, DSI has developed and managed comprehensive programs for building the capacity of local, small and historically disadvantaged firms and individuals.
The goal of the programs is to develop the capacity and maximize the potential for success of local businesses and individuals in public works projects. DSI provides an innovative approach to assist clients in reaching these goals and in building the real capacity of local, ethnic minority and female-owned firms and individuals and in maximizing their potential to successfully participate in large projects. DSI has over a decade of experience working in coordination with community based organizations, labor and management organizations, as well as school boards, city and state officials