State & Local Construction

A Red Card for Union Handouts on District Construction Projects

0 May 5, 2016  State & Local Construction

April 25, 2016, District of Columbia officials participated in a groundbreaking and demolition ceremony for the construction of the $300 million DC United Soccer Stadium, which the mayor said will create nearly 1,000 temporary construction and permanent jobs, generate millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the District and establish a $1 billion economic activity […]

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The West Coast’s Big Dig Boondoggle Woes Continue: Seattle’s Tunnel PLA Job Dangerous For Workers

0 March 22, 2016  Featured, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

Bad news continues to plague Washington state’s Highway 99 tunnel mega-project (PDF) 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.   According to the AP, the Seattle Tunnel’s injury claims have totaled more than $2.5 […]

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Unsafe Union Labor Caught Boozing Before Working on NYC Project Labor Agreement Jobsite

0 March 1, 2016  Featured, State & Local Construction

ABC 7 NY’s investigative reporting caught union construction workers drinking heavily before reporting for duty at a NYC jobsite covered by a project labor agreement (PLA). This is not the first time union workers on a PLA jobsite have been caught boozing in NYC. In 2012, investigative reporters caught union labor hitting the bars hard at lunch before […]

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ABC Western Pennsylvania President’s Letter Blasts Labor Boss’ Tired Pro-Project Labor Agreement Op-Ed

0 October 14, 2015  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

On Sunday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a strong #NoPLAs letter to the editor by ABC Western Pennsylvania President Pete Gum in response to a pro-project labor agreement (PLA) op-ed submitted by Dennis Martire, vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA): Government-mandated project labor agreements are anti-competitive and costly […]

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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

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

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  School Construction, State & Local Construction

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

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  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

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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