(Deptford)-Governor James E. McGreevey today signed
Executive Order No. 1, which firmly establishes his commitment to the
utilization of Project Labor Agreements on all appropriate public
The signing fulfills his pledge to make Project Labor
Agreements his first Executive Order. The executive order ensures that the
highest standards of quality are brought to bear on future state
"With this executive order, I am reaffirming my commitment
to Project Labor Agreements and the importance of working with contractors
that have a tradition of doing good work at a responsible cost to the
public,'' McGreevey said.
Project Labor Agreements provide uniform terms and
conditions regarding employment practices, and therefore help to ensure
that such projects are completed at with the most highly skilled labor,
thus ensuring lower costs over the lifetime of the project for repair and
The Executive Order also states that Project Labor
Agreements are a specific benefit in large and complex construction
programs, including the $8.5 billion school construction program.
"The use of Project Labor Agreements in this historic
school construction program would allow us to fulfill the Supreme Court
order in a way that serves our students, serves our union families, and
saves money over the lifetime of these school buildings," McGreevey said.
The Executive Order takes effect immediately. It rescinds
the Executive Order enacted by former Governor Christine Todd Whitman in