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ABC Supports Federal Legislation Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements in 114th Congress

0 March 30, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

GNICA Cap Dome Construction

Today, ABC issued a press release in support of the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671/S. 71). It is an important piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Sen David Vitter (R-La.), and supported by the contracting community and TheTruthAboutPLAs.com. The measure prohibits federal agencies from requiring or prohibiting contractors to execute […]

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Victory: The U.S. Senate Opposes Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

2 March 26, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

Victory

Vote-A-Rama, the U.S. Senate’s annual version of March Madness, gives senators a chance to offer unlimited amendments and votes to the Senate’s budget resolution. Traditionally, senators seek proxy votes on a variety of legislative priorities, and try to put their counterparts across the aisle into some difficult political positions. Today, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate passed […]

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West Virginia Becomes 22nd State Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 March 26, 2015  Featured, State & Local Construction

WV is WIld and Wonderful

West Virginia became a bit more wonderful today for taxpayers, the contracting community, and supporters of fair and open competition. By signing SB 409 this morning, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin became the first Democrat Governor in the nation, and the 19th governor since January 2011, to sign legislation or an executive order banning wasteful […]

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Respond to NAVFAC Project Labor Agreement Survey for NAS Lemoore California by April 1

0 March 24, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

NAS Lemoore

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal design-build construction contract to replace fuel storage distribution facilities at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. To review and respond to the NAVFAC survey, click here. Here is a link to the survey form […]

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Arkansas Adopts Bipartisan PLA Reform Legislation

0 March 24, 2015  Featured, State & Local Construction

Arkansas-Legislature

Gov. Asa Hutchison is the 18th governor since January 2011 to sign legislation or an executive order banning wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction projects. Arkansas is one of 21 states in total that limit the ability of public entities to require contractors to enter into a PLA as a […]

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Project Labor Agreement Failure: Is Seattle’s Tunnel the West Coast’s Big Dig Boondoggle?

0 March 13, 2015  Featured, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

Broken Promises

Bad news continues to plague Washington state’s Highway 99 tunnel mega-project underneath Seattle’s downtown waterfront, contradicting a number of key points lawmakers and construction union lobbyists use to sell government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) to owners, taxpayers and the media. It has not been a model government-mandated project labor agreement, as media reports indicate the job […]

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Arkansas Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen PLA Reform Executive Order

0 February 26, 2015  State & Local Construction

Arkansas-Legislature

The Arkansas Senate today unanimously passed S.B. 426, which codifies and strengthens a 2005 executive order issued by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee that bans project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction. In contrast to the partisanship in Washington, D.C., senators from both parties stood together to reject these handouts to Big Labor bosses. The bill approved by the […]

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Coalition to Senate: Stop Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 February 25, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

Senate Letter

A diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and anti-competitive PLA preferences used by federal agencies as a result of President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and related regulations. The letter asks lawmakers to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey For New Orleans Hurricane Protection System Due March 2

0 February 23, 2015  Federal Construction

USACE New Orleans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Orleans District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the New Orleans to Venice, Hurricane Protection System, NOV-14, Empire Lock, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Tell the USACE that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency […]

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