D.C. Council

Construction Costs Likely to Rise Due to D.C. Council’s Project Labor Agreement Legislation

0 July 6, 2016  State & Local Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington issued the following press release today in response to the Council of the District of Columbia’s recent addition of language to Section 14 of the The Procurement Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill 21-334) mandating the use of union-favoring project labor agreements (PLAs) on District of Columbia-funded construction […]

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Take Action: D.C. Council’s Pro-Project Labor Agreement Legislation Threatens Fair and Open Competition for DC Construction Contracts

0 July 6, 2016  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

District of Columbia council members June 21 added language to Section 14 of The Procurement Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill 21-334) mandating the use of union-favoring project labor agreements (PLAs) on District of Columbia-funded construction contracts exceeding $50 million. Update 7/6/16: The ABC Metro Washington Chapter issued this press release in reaction […]

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Baltimore City Solicitor Opposes Baltimore Project Labor Agreement Ordinance

0 July 23, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

“For the reasons listed above, the Law Department does not approve the bill for form and legal sufficiency.” That is the legal opinion of Ashley H. Brown, Baltimore’s Assistant Attorney Solicitor, on controversial legislation (Bill No. 10-0455) before the Baltimore City Council that would require the city to include government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) in all contracts for construction projects with a total […]

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The Truth About PLAs Exposed During DC Council Hearing

0 July 1, 2010  State & Local Construction

The D.C. Council committees on Housing and Workforce Development and Government Operations held a joint hearing on June 30 to consider the District Resident Employment and Trade Stimulus Amendment Act of 2010 (Bill 18-650). This bill would require the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on all projects costing more than $200,000 […]

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DC Council Holds Hearing Tomorrow on Legislation Mandating PLA Schemes

0 June 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The D.C. Council’s Committee on Housing and Workforce Development and Government Operations is holding a hearing at 10:00 AM tomorrow morning in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building on the District Resident Employment and Trade Stimulus Amendment Act of 2010 (Bill 18-650). This legislation would require contractors building District construction projects costing more than […]

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Job Training, Not PLAs, Needed for District

0 May 5, 2010  Uncategorized

As the D.C. Council studies the misleadingly named District Resident Employment and Trade Stimulus Act of 2010 (Bill 18-650), which would require project labor agreements (PLAs) on D.C. construction projects that cost more than $200,000 and receive government assistance, an Op-Ed in The Washington Business Journal by Roderick L. Woodson debunks common myths promoted by Big Labor in […]

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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: A Form of Corruption

2 April 12, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

George Nash, director of commercial construction and development for Facchina Construction Co. and 2010 chairman of the board for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Metro Washington chapter, calls out project labor agreements (PLAs) for what they are – corruption – in an editorial published by the Washington Business Journal on April 9. This editorial mentions […]

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Review of District of Columbia Project Labor Agreements

1 April 6, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

As members of the D.C. Council review the misleadingly named District Resident Employment and Trade Stimulus Act of 2010 (Bill 18-650), which would require project labor agreements (PLAs) on D.C. construction projects that cost more than $200,000 and receive government assistance, it is important to review the limited, yet poor, history Washington, D.C., has had with PLAs. Research in […]

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Washington Times Editorial: Obama and D.C. Council Pay Off Their Union Bosses with PLAs

1 April 2, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A Washington Times editorial calls government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) resulting from President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and proposed D.C. Council legislation  “a solution that neither the District nor the nation can afford” (“EDITORIAL: More silver pieces for unions,” 4/2). Evidence rapidly accumulated that President Obama will pay any price, bear any burden, meet […]

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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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