Cowlitz Agree to Union Contract - Sunday 11th of December 2005

WASHINGTON – As reported by the Columbian: "The Cowlitz Tribe has agreed to use only union workers to construct a proposed $510 million casino-hotel complex near La Center.

"Cowlitz officials announced Monday that the 22-member tribal council has approved a project labor agreement with the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council.

"…John Mohlis, president of the Portland-based trade council that represents 25 different crafts, said the agreement will ensure that local construction workers are used and their families will receive health benefits.

"…Construction alone would create 4,011 jobs paying an average of $46,200 a year, for a construction payroll of $185.3 million…"

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