State & Local Construction

Butler County Commission Imposes PLA Mandate on Local Construction Project

0 April 10, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction

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The Butler County, Pa., Board of Commissioners March 19 imposed a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandate on the construction of the new Butler County Government Center Annex project. This mandate is bad for taxpayers and the 76 percent of Pennsylvania’s construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor union. When mandated […]

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Alabama Becomes the 19th State to Adopt PLA Reform, South Dakota Bill Clears Legislature

0 March 4, 2014  State & Local Construction

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Alabama is the latest state to say “NO” to wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates. Yesterday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed H.B. 195 into law, which will prohibit government entities in the state from requiring contractors to sign a PLA, or any other agreement with labor unions, as a condition of performing […]

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WPRI 12 News Covers Rhode Island Project Labor Agreement Controversy

0 February 27, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction

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Just 18.6 percent of Rhode Island’s construction workforce belongs to a union, yet many large-scale state-funded projects have been subjected to anti-competitive government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). Last week, WPRI 12 News aired an in-depth look at PLAs in The Ocean State: Do PLA Requirements Increase Construction Costs? Greg Mancini, Director of BuildRI, a group funded by unionized […]

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Keystone Research Center Studies Promoting Pennsylvania Project Labor Agreements Can’t Be Trusted

1 February 23, 2014  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

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Proponents of discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) have concocted some wild schemes to help misguided and corrupt lawmakers steer taxpayer-funded contracts to their union workers and unionized contractor political supporters with little competition and public scrutiny, but this latest caper from Bristol Township, Pa., is remarkable and deserves to be exposed. In August 2013, when […]

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PLA Reform Bills on the Move in South Dakota and Alabama

0 February 12, 2014  State & Local Construction

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The nationwide effort to ban wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates took a step forward yesterday, as lawmakers in the South Dakota and Alabama legislatures passed bills that guarantee fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects. The Alabama House of Representatives approved H.B. 195, sponsored by Rep. Mack Butler (R), with bipartisan […]

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Bad Wine: Sonoma County Approves PLA Requirement

0 January 30, 2014  State & Local Construction

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After months of consideration, the Sonoma County California Board of Supervisors voted this week to approve a policy mandating the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on county projects of $10 million or more. The discussion about whether the county should require PLAs on its construction projects started in 2012, but Sonoma […]

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