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USACE New York District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due May 10

0 April 24, 2018  Uncategorized

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) for maintenance on the Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, New York, Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization (FIMI) project, with an estimated cost between $25 […]

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USACE Baltimore District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due April 9

0 April 2, 2018  Uncategorized

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 the large scale construction project to repair the McRee Barracks at Fort Belvoir, VA with an estimated cost between $25 million and $100 million. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, a […]

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USACE Fort Worth District Project Labor Agreement Due March 17

0 March 10, 2017  Uncategorized

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

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

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

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

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

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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