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Port Covington PLA benefits workers and firms

Port Covington PLA benefits workers and firms

The Maryland-Washington Minority Contractors Association would have us believe that a project labor agreement covering workers at the Port Covington redevelopment site would be a terrible injustice to the minority community ("Port Covington labor agreement threatens minority businesses," July 29).

Yet if the PLA is approved, should we feel bad that the black, white and Hispanic men and women who actually do the work on the project are provided with a larger share of the profits in the form of higher wages and benefits, or that they are guaranteed safe working conditions?

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If the PLA is approved, should we feel bad that owners and shareholders of minority companies aren't able to reap the bulk of the profits with which to line their own pockets?

The contractors association should stop taking advantage of the very people whom it claims to represent. It should agree to pay workers a good union wage with good union benefits. Then it too will profit from the Port Covington project.

Denis Taylor, Baltimore

The writer is president of Teamsters Joint Council 62.

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