ABC member contractors took 55 out of the top 100 spots on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 400 Contractors list for 2014, which ranks companies according to 2013 construction revenue in millions of dollars.
Proponents of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and their pals in government often erroneously claim PLAs are needed to ensure experienced and quality contractors perform public works projects.
However, the truth is PLAs discourage competition from the best merit shop contractors and their skilled employees like ABC member firms on ENR’s list and ABC member firms on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014.
In addition, PLAs serve as an artificial barrier to new jobs for more than 85.9 percent of the construction workforce (those who have chosen not to belong to a union) and research demonstrates PLAs needlessly increase costs between 12 percent and 18 percent compared to similar non-PLA projects.
It is a shame special interests promoting PLAs utilize deception and political power to distort the free market and stifle fair competition from great contractors that can provide taxpayers with the best product at the best price.