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Prince George’s County Abandons Anti-Competitive, Budget-Busting Project Labor Agreement on Laurel Library

0 October 9, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction

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Another taxpayer-funded project subject to a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) in the Washington, D.C., region has run into trouble. The Baltimore Sun reported that a union-favoring PLA required by Prince George’s County on the construction of the new library in Laurel, Md., has been scrapped because it caused delays, increased costs, and reduced competition from local contractors and […]

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Data Busts Myth that Project Labor Agreements Result in Increased Local Hiring

0 March 11, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

Union-backed protestors call for "local hire" on DC construction jobsite, even though less than nine out of 10 construction workers in The District belong to a construction trade union.

Special interest groups are in the business of convincing government officials and taxpayers there is a public benefit to anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs), which create jobs exclusively for unionized construction workers and steer huge public construction contracts primarily to well-connected unionized contractors. In particular, proponents of government-mandated PLAs push an unsubstantiated […]

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Delays and Increased Costs: The Truth about the Failed PLA on the GSA’s Headquarters at 1800 F Street

3 March 5, 2013  Federal Construction

GSA Rendering of Phase 1 Modernization of GSA Headquarters at 1800 F Street

New documents recently uncovered via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request prove a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) initially used on a large-scale federal construction project—the Phase 1 modernization of the General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters at 1800 F Street Building in Washington, D.C.—led to increased costs and needless delays in the procurement process.  […]

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The Top 10 Stories of 2012

0 January 16, 2013  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

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Happy New Year from TheTruthAboutPLAs.com In 2012, construction industry advocates of fair and open competition in public contracting defied a difficult political environment and economy to create more opportunities for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees. President Obama’s Feb. 6, 2009, Executive Order 13502 encouraging federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) […]

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GSA Wasted Millions on Union Handout: Where’s the Outrage?

7 April 10, 2012  Federal Construction

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Eight senior U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) officials have been disciplined, fired or forced to resign since last Monday’s release of a scathing report by GSA Inspector General (IG) Brian Miller, whose staff spent a year reviewing waste, fraud and abuse related to $823,000 in spending to entertain 300 GSA employees at a regional conference held at […]

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Bids for Maryland’s Cheltenham Juvenile Detention Center Tainted by Big Labor Favoritism

0 November 11, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Maryland's merit shop employees and businesses will be locked out from this $48 million project because of the O'Malley administratoin's favoritism towards Big Labor.

Today the ABC Maryland Joint Legislative Committee issued this release in response to the Maryland Department of General Services’ (DGS) decision to include a provision in a Nov. 11, 2011, request for proposal (RFP) regarding a juvenile detention center in Cheltenham, Md. (Prince George’s County) that unfairly favors construction managers (CMs) promising to mandate a […]

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ABC Members Testify in Support of Legislation Restoring Fairness in Federal Contracting

0 June 7, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

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On June 3, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform Subcommittee held a hearing, “H.R. 735 and Project Labor Agreements: Restoring Competition and Neutrality to Government Construction Projects.” The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), heard testimony about the negative impact of President Obama’s controversial Executive Order 13502 […]

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GSA’s Policy of Big Labor Favoritism Draws Congressional Inquiry

2 December 18, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

After recent media reports exposed how the Obama Administration and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) have conspired to steer lucrative federal construction contracts to businesses willing to build federal projects utilizing a union-favoring project labor agreement (PLA),  members of Congress are starting to ask questions. This week, nineteen GOP members of Congress, including the incoming […]

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Millions of Stimulus Dollars Wasted on Lafayette Building’s Project Labor Agreement Gift to Big Labor

8 December 6, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

How much does a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) add to a $52.3 million construction project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in Washington, D.C.? At least $3.3 million. That’s the cost of a change order the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) paid to a federal contractor to ensure renovations to the […]

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