Open Competition

Florida Restricts Local Government Mandates on Public Construction

0 June 15, 2017  Featured

On June 14, Gov. Rick Scott (R-Florida) signed HB 599 into law, which encourages open competition on contracts for construction services provided to local governments and funded by Florida taxpayers. The law prohibits local governments from imposing certain restrictive and discriminatory pre-bid mandates on local construction projects when a project is receiving 50 percent or […]

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Project Labor Agreements Raise Costs on Ohio Schools 13 Percent, Study Finds

0 May 25, 2017  Featured, Open Competition Works, School Construction, State & Local Construction

A study by the Beacon Hill Institute has shown that when mandated by the government on taxpayer-funded construction projects, project labor agreements (PLAs) increase the costs of construction 13.12 percent. The study examined 88 schools across Ohio that were built since 2000 and found government-mandated PLAs cost $23.12 per square foot more (13.12 percent) than projects built […]

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NAVFAC Southwest Project Labor Agreement Survey Due 1.25.17

0 January 19, 2017  Federal Construction

The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal contract for the construction of a new Type-III hydrant system and pump house and associated piping work at Travis Air Force Base in […]

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USACE Honolulu District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due Nov. 8, 2016

0 November 1, 2016  Federal Construction

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 a $90M Multiple Award Task Order Contract for Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build Construction Services for work within the state of Hawaii. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting […]

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Federal Appeals Court Finds NLRA Could Preempt Jersey City Project Labor Agreement Ordinance

0 September 15, 2016  Featured, State & Local Construction

A federal appeals court has reversed the New Jersey District Court’s decision to uphold a Jersey City project labor agreement (PLA) ordinance that forced developers to enter into a PLA with construction trade unions as a condition of recieving tax abatements on certain projects. The decision paves the way to repeal Jersey City’s discriminatory and costly pro-PLA […]

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USACE New England District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due Sept. 29, 2016

0 September 9, 2016  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New England District has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a large scale construction contract for the design and construction of a new three-story building adjacent to the existing Winchester Engineering Analytical Center […]

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USACE California Project Labor Agreement Survey Due May 3

0 April 27, 2016  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal contract for the modernization of Pier 2 at Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) in Concord, California. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting […]

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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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Merit Shop Contractors Recognized for Safety Achievement and Performance on Federal NAVFAC Project

0 July 17, 2012  Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, Transportation & Infrastructure

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest has again recognized a joint venture between two merit shop contractors for their outstanding safety record and performance on a $175 million federal construction project at Naval Base Point Loma near San Diego, Calif. In February 2011, NAVFAC lauded the P-401 Replacement Fuel Facilities project, being built by […]

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Michigan Again Bans PLA Mandates on Taxpayer-Funded Construction

0 July 2, 2012  State & Local Construction

Determined to ensure that taxpayers get the best construction at the best price, Michigan’s elected leaders have again enacted legislation (Public Act 238) that will ensure government neutrality with regard to project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction in the Great Lakes state. Although Michigan adopted a similar bill in 2011, a federal district court […]

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