Will County Unions-NorthPoint Announce Project Labor Agreement for Compass Business Park

JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WOULD SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN ELWOOD, WILL COUNTY

ELWOOD, Ill. (August 9, 2017) – The Three Rivers Construction Alliance of Will County, the Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council and NorthPoint Development have reached an historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to build Compass Business Park in Elwood.

Three Rivers, which represents two Building Trades Councils and three Contractor Associations, is a labor management cooperative in Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois counties, called the PLA a model for cooperation between labor and developers.

“This is a smart, responsive plan that would create thousands of jobs for our members,” said Tom White, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Construction Alliance. “Given the area’s economy and need for skilled union labor, we must take advantage of opportunities that put residents of Elwood and Will County back to work and spur economic development in our communities. The PLA represents NorthPoint’s commitment to working families in Will County.”

“NorthPoint’s proposal for a $1.2 billion facility is precisely the kind of economic boost that Elwood and the County need,” said Doc Gregory, President of the Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council, a coalition of construction unions that represents 28 unions and approximately 25,000 members. “The project is one of the only thoughtful, planned developments that actually reduces the adverse impact of track traffic in the area.”

PLAs are agreements between developers and trade unions that involve large construction projects and require many highly skilled workers. PLAs set out the terms and conditions of employment.

Compass – a warehousing, distribution and light manufacturing facility east of Route 53 in Elwood – would create up to 1,600 construction jobs each year during the 10-year buildout and up to 15,000 permanent jobs once the project is complete.

“This is a historic agreement that will ensure skilled labor, good-paying jobs and the high quality of workmanship on the project,” said Patrick Robinson, Vice President of Development at NorthPoint. “This agreement sends a loud and clear message that NorthPoint is committed to improving the well-being of working families, the community and the local and regional economy.”

NorthPoint’s proposal includes a decorative gateway bridge over Route 53 that provides the only truck access to and from Compass Business Park. Once inside the park, a “closed loop” restricts trucks from exiting onto local roads. When trucks exit, they’ll follow the preferred truck routes to I-55 and I-80 that avoid local roads.
Three Rivers and Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council have also sent a joint letter to Elwood mayor Todd Matichak as well as the six Village trustees urging their support of the business park.

The organizations are also collecting signatures from their membership through an online petition at www.laborforwillcounty.com.