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BLS: Construction Industry Union Membership Declines

1 January 28, 2016  Featured, Federal Construction, Uncategorized

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According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual union membership report released today, the 2015 union membership rate (i.e., the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions) dipped slightly from 13.9 percent in 2014 to 13.2 percent of the U.S. private construction workforce. In addition, construction unions lost 28,000 members in a year-over-year comparison, despite […]

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Passes The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act

0 January 12, 2016  Featured, Federal Construction

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Today the merit shop contracting community hit an important legislative milestone in its campaign for fair and open competition in government contracting. ABC issued a press release today applauding the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for passing the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671), introduced by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.). With nearly 100 cosponsors and […]

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West Jefferson Hills School Board Members Who Support a 15% Cost Increase

10 October 7, 2015  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

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Carolyn Bourgeois Email Darlene Schreiber Email John Hosmer Email Dr. David Graham Email Anna Louise Lilley Email Anthony M. Angotti Email Alan J. Caponi Email PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT (PLA) MANDATES ARE BAD FOR THE WEST JEFFERSON HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT. How PLAs Increase Costs PLA Mandates INCREASE Project Costs – studies show these mandates increase school construction […]

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Victory in Idaho: Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Fair and Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

0 September 18, 2015  Featured, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

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Big news out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit: Idaho’s law restricting state agencies or political subdivisions from requiring contractors to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing public work stands. There are no legal challenges against any of the enacted 23 state anti-PLA mandate laws or executive […]

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West Jefferson Hills School District Project Labor Agreement Exposed

0 August 20, 2015  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

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On May 26, 2015, the West Jefferson Hills School District (WJHSD) Board voted 7-1 to require a project labor agreement (PLA) on construction contracts to build a $100 million high school south of Pittsburgh. After learning about this discriminatory PLA mandate, on August 18, 2015, the ABC Western Pennsylvania Chapter wrote this letter to WJHSD […]

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NYC Union Strike Shuts Down Project Labor Agreement Jobsites Again

0 July 13, 2015  Featured, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

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Earlier this month, New York City jobsites were shut down after unions failed to honor their project labor agreement’s (PLA) no-strike promise. It is at least the third time since 2011 various NYC unions blatantly violated no-strike provisions in controversial PLAs, which steer construction contracts to unionized contractors and provide jobs exclusively for union members […]

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ABC Continues Successful Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

5 June 24, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

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In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis. Many merit shop advocates of fair and open competition predicted it would lead to billions of dollars’ worth of federal construction contracts being […]

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Coalition to Congress: Cosponsor Bill Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 14, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

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A diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives April 13 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 […]

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

0 March 30, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

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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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