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 […]
Yesterday, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered a State of the State address to Illinois lawmakers, laying out bold reforms to make Illinois more competitive. Included in Gov. Rauner’s plan to reinvent Illinois is a call to eliminate anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and reform Illinois prevailing wage rules, which will help reduce taxpayer-funded construction costs […]
Another taxpayer-funded project subject to a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) in the Washington, D.C., region has run into trouble. The Baltimore Sun reported that a union-favoring PLA required by Prince George’s County on the construction of the new library in Laurel, Md., has been scrapped because it caused delays, increased costs, and reduced competition from local contractors and […]
Merit shop advocates have learned the Fresno, Calif., City Council will consider repealing the city’s ban on government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) this week. The city’s open competition ordinance could be repealed by the end of the year. Since 2000, this ordinance has successfully guaranteed government neutrality with regard to PLAs on city project and […]
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) filed a complaint in federal court against Jersey City, N.J., in response to its 2012 ordinance requiring developers and contractors to execute union-favoring project labor agreements (PLAs) on certain tax-abated projects in Jersey City. This ordinance amended existing pro-PLA city code that […]
With little public notice, the Rochester, Minn., City Council in early July approved a project labor agreement (PLA) requirement for the $85 million Mayo Civic Center renovation project. Bob Heise, president of Associated Builders and Contractors Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter, nicely summed up the negative reaction of the construction industry in an op-ed published by the Rochester […]
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors last week voted 4-1 to negotiate its first project stabilization agreement mandate on a county project for the Northern Branch Jail AB 900 Phase II Project. A project stabilization agreement is just another name for a project labor agreement (PLA) and is likely to raise costs on this $70 billion project.
The California Legislature is set to break new ground and taxpayers should be very concerned. For the first time in state history, the Legislature is posed to require a local government entity to mandate a project labor agreement (PLA) on a local construction project. If Assembly Bill 155, sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D), is […]
On Thursday, June 19, the Berks County, Pa., Commission passed an ordinance that prohibits the county from requiring contractors to enter into a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) as a condition of performing work on public construction projects. Additionally, this ordinance prohibits the county from providing financial support for projects subject to PLA mandates.
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 […]