California Legislature Poised to Issue First Local PLA Mandate in State History

0 July 14, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

Beautiful Sacramento capitol, the headquarter of Arnold Schwarzenegger. ;-)

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 […]

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Berks County, Pa., Commission Bans PLA Mandates on County Projects

0 June 20, 2014  State & Local Construction

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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.

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for Defense Logistics Agency Project In Richmond Due June 23

0 June 16, 2014  Federal Construction

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale federal contract to construct Phase 1 of a mixed-use Operations Center for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation in Richmond, Virginia.   To review and learn how to […]

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ABC Is Still Winning the Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements in Federal Contracting

0 June 10, 2014  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

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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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Project Labor Agreement Fails On Tappan Zee Bridge Construction; Jobs Outsourced to Robots

0 June 9, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

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The $3.9 billion project to replace New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge is being built by union labor and robots. The $3.1 billion construction contract is subject to a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) pushed by Albany’s pro-union lawmakers and New York Gov. Cuomo (D) because it will result in a huge windfall of political contributions to the Empire […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey For Radford, Virginia Army Ammunition Facility Power Plant Due June 17

0 June 6, 2014  Federal Construction

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale federal design-build contract to construct a natural gas-fired combined heat and power plant at Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Virginia.   To review and learn how to […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey For Manhattan-Queens Crossings Due June 10

0 June 6, 2014  Federal Construction

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale federal contract to make safety and security improvements to Manhattan-Queens Crossings in New York City.   To review and learn how to respond to the PLA survey, click here. The […]

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ABC Members Named to Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors List

0 June 2, 2014  Featured, Open Competition Works

Top 400 Contractors

ABC member contractors took 55 out of the top 100 spots on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 400 Contractors list for 2014, which ranks companies according to 2013 construction revenue in millions of dollars. Proponents of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and their pals in government often erroneously claim PLAs are needed to ensure experienced and quality contractors perform public works […]

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Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Project Labor Agreement Survey Due May 23

0 May 20, 2014  Federal Construction

Cape Canaveral Cemetery Overhead Shot

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is soliciting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal contract to build the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Brevard County, Florida. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell the VA how government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase […]

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