Doing It Right

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the former manufacturing arm of AMD, is the largest semiconductor production facility in the US. Located in Upstate NY, the campus of the mega manufacturer in Malta, NY has been erected under a Project Labor Agreement with the Building Trades from the onset of the project. Some 10,000 construction workers have been working on the site, making it the largest PLA in history. Last summer GLOBALFOUNDRIES completed a second 221,000 sq. ft. administration building that houses engineers, technicians and project personnel…and in January announced that they will be breaking ground this year on a Technology Development Center, or TDC, which will add another 500,000 sq. ft. of lab and production space.  That brings the site to well over 2 million sq. ft. and the cost of construction and tooling to over $8 billion dollars. The economic impact of undertaking the largest project anywhere on the globe during the worst economic downturn on the planet can’t be overstated.  What it has meant to construction workers and their families is only part of the story; the entire supply chain, support industries and direct employees have all benefited.  It is estimated that in addition to the over 10,000 construction workers who have worked on the site, the current direct workforce of over 2,000 has been supported by an additional 10,000 – 12,000 indirect support jobs throughout the region. That 2,000 number is expected to grow to over 3,000 within 2 years. How did the PLA come to fruition? Mike Russo, a former union official for nearly three decades, now working for GLOBALFOUNDRIES, understood that the “Building Trades can be an asset...

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