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USACE Fort Worth District Project Labor Agreement Due March 17

0 March 10, 2017  Uncategorized

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on construction to expand the Western Currency Facility Production and Access in Fort Worth, Texas. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. […]

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Project Labor Agreement Mandate Scheme Rejected by Minnesota School Board

0 March 16, 2016  School Construction, Uncategorized

ABC continues to push back against costly and inefficient government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) at the local level. This week, the Farmington School Board in Minnesota voted 4-1 to reject a PLA requirement for its upcoming school construction and repair projects. Last fall the voters of Farmington approved a $45 million referendum for these projects. […]

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BLS: Construction Industry Union Membership Declines

1 January 28, 2016  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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Happy Halloween From TheTruthAboutPLAs.com

0 October 31, 2014  Uncategorized

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Don’t be tricked by government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) this Halloween. PLAs drive up construction costs for taxpayers because responsible contractors that do a quality job at the best price refuse to bid on projects when politicians require them to sign union agreements.   Analysis by numerous academic studies of public construction projects indicate PLA mandates increase the […]

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Happy Halloween From TheTruthAboutPLAs.com

0 October 31, 2013  Uncategorized

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Don’t be tricked by government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) this Halloween. PLAs drive up construction costs for taxpayers because responsible contractors that do a quality job at the best price refuse to bid on projects when politicians require them to sign union agreements.   Analysis by numerous academic studies of public construction projects subject to government-determined […]

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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: Trick or Treat?

0 October 31, 2012  Uncategorized

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This Halloween, don’t be TRICKED by government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). These MAGIC SPELLS are special interest kickback schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on construction projects. PLAs SPOOK merit shop contractors from competing for and winning contracts on public construction projects. Taxpayer-funded construction contracts subject to government-mandated PLAs are almost always awarded […]

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Op-Ed: Gov’s Insistence on PLAs Excludes Majority of State’s Skilled Labor

0 August 2, 2012  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

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The controversy over Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) decision to require contractors to sign a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) as a condition of performing work on the $285 million reconstruction of I-95’s Whittier Bridge continued to attract attention and remind Bostonians of past PLA failures in their community this week.     Greg Beeman, president of […]

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TheTruthAboutPLAs.com Gets a Facelift

0 July 18, 2012  Uncategorized

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Since our inaugural post in April 2009, TheTruthAboutPLAs.com has provided taxpayers and the merit shop contracting community with 683 posts of new content, fresh research and reliable analysis on anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) mandated on federal, state and local construction projects by wayward lawmakers.

That’s a lot of wear and tear, so TheTruthAboutPLAs.com needed a facelift.

We hope you like the new look. Our goal is to provide visitors with the same informative content but with a new user-friendly experience. The updated layout and feel allows users to browse the latest blog posts; sort information based on topic area; and see the most common arguments against PLA mandates so you can promote the benefits of fair and open competition when educating lawmakers, the media and neighbors about the negative impact these special interest schemes have on your community.

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