A 2011 report from UMass Boston’s Strategic Planning Implementation Design Team laid out an ambitions vision for the university’s future, but it also included a caution. Rapid growth is expensive, the report warned, so executing the plan would require watching every dollar and finding efficiencies wherever possible.
Unfortunately, the campus didn’t heed that warning when it came to its building plans. A year earlier, the
UMass Building Authority had approved a 10-year master plan for $750 million in construction that included a caveat destined to increase construction costs.
The UMass Boston master plan included a project labor agreement, which requires that unions be the “sole and exclusive” source of jobsite labor for all construction. Encouraging unions to participate is one thing, but stipulating only union labor effectively shuts the door to any open-shop, or nonunion, involvement.
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