Labor Agreement Creates 300 Jobs for Oneida Indian Nation

A newly-signed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Central and Northern New York Building Trades will provide much needed construction jobs throughout the winter months as construction begins on four new entertainment centers that will be added to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.  

Dubbed “Exit 33,” the project will house a new country music venue, a rock and roll venue, a piano bar, and a yet-to-be named lounge.  Thanks to the PLA, the $25 million multi-venue will employ local workers.  This is the 7th PLA the Oneida Nation has entered into as it continues to turn its resort into a successful regional operation.  

According to Pat Costello, Area Representative for the Central and Northern New York Building Trades, “This project will have a tremendous impact for construction in our area. Project Labor Agreements ensure that this project will be completed by local workers. The Oneida Indian Nation has long been an economic engine in this region.  For years it has demonstrated a commitment to using local union labor on its construction projects.”

Construction will last all winter in an effort to open the new facilities during the resort’s 20th anniversary celebration next summer. Costello called the timing of the jobs a “godsend” as many of the region’s workers are being laid off due to lack of winter projects (a frequent trend).  A total of 300 jobs are likely to be generated by the project, 200 in construction and 100 permanent positions upon completion.  Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter was pleased to continue the relationship with the region’s building tradespeople.  

Halbritter told the Rome Observer, “We are just happy to be an entity for the long term that can continue to give to the community. I am pleased to join our long standing friends in organized labor in announcing this expansion,”

The project will be contracted by Hayner Hoyt Corporation of Syracuse and design will be handled by Ramsgard Architectural Design of Skaneateles. Completion is expected in July of 2013.

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