Anti-PLA Mandate Research

Report Documents Increased Costs on PLA Projects

0 April 8, 2011  Uncategorized

As part of our ongoing series publishing the truth about government-mandated projects labor agreements (PLAs), here is a chapter documenting Increased Costs on PLA Projects from Maury Baskin’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance (2011 Edition). II.        Increased Costs on PLA Projects Proponents of PLAs frequently claim that such agreements will […]

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Report Documents the Public Record of Poor Performance of Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 7, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Proponents of anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) use a variety of misleading arguments to convince public officials that granting union-signatory contractors and union labor a virtual monopoly on public construction projects through PLAs is in the public’s best interest.  If public officials have not already been influenced by the cycle of PLA […]

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An Introduction From Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance

0 April 7, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

As part of our ongoing series publishing the truth about government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs), here is an Introduction to Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements from Maury Baskin’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance (2011 Edition). I. Introduction Government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are agreements that some public entities require construction contractors […]

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More Evidence Shows Project Labor Agreements Injure Competition

1 January 20, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

On Jan. 19, 2011, ABC’s weekly electronic publication, Newsline, conducted an electronic poll of Newsline subscribers about the impact of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on bidding for public construction projects.  The poll remained open until Jan. 26, 2011 and readers were asked to respond to this question:  ‘”Would you be more likely or less likely […]

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Why the Final Rule Implementing President Obama’s Project Labor Agreement Executive Order Should Be Challenged

1 April 21, 2010  Federal Construction

ABC General Counsel Maurice Baskin, Esq., Venable LLP, today released a thorough analysis of the final rule implementing President Obama’s Feb. 6, 2009 pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502. The analysis, The Final Rule Implementing the PLA Executive Order: Why it Should Be Challenged, describes why and how the final rule is violating the law. […]

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New Report Says Anti-Competitive PLAs Won’t Help District of Columbia Economy

1 March 31, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A new report on government-mandated PLAs, “The Problem with PLAs in the District of Columbia,” was released today. Focusing specifically on the D.C. construction market, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu’s report examines the existing data indicating whether government-mandated PLAs make sense in the District of Columbia. Here is a key finding from the report: “In […]

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Cato Journal: Why Project Labor Agreements Are Not in the Public Interest

0 February 4, 2010  Federal Construction

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A compelling article critical of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) by David G. Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research, appears in the current issue of the Cato Journal (Volume 30 Number 1, Winter 2010, “Are Unions Good for America?”). “Why Project Labor Agreements Are Not in the Public Interest” […]

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New Report Finds PLA Pension Requirements Steal From Employee Paychecks, Harm Employers and Taxpayers

0 October 24, 2009  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

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A new study supports a key argument frequently made by nonunion employers and employees against government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs): PLAs harm workers because they confiscate health and retirement benefits earned by nonunion employees working on PLA construction projects. An October 2009 report by Dr. John R. McGowan, “The Discriminatory Impact of Union Fringe Benefit […]

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New Study Calls Federal Project Labor Agreements a Costly Solution in Search of a Problem

0 September 24, 2009  Federal Construction

A news release issued yesterday by the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) promotes a new study that is critical of federal government-mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  The study found that PLAs, which are encouraged on federal construction projects costing more than $25 million via President Obama’s Feb. 6 executive order, will “significantly increase construction […]

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