PLA Loss

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Crushes Fair and Open Competition for Hospital Project

1 May 25, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The seven-month battle at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors over requiring contractors to sign the county’s first government-mandated project labor agreement (renamed on the May 24 agenda as a “Community Workforce Agreement”) came to an end today (May 24, 2011) with a regrettable result for county taxpayers, as well as businesses and their […]


Solano County in California Uses Erroneous Citation of State Law to Justify Project Labor Agreement

0 October 6, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) government affairs staff in California knows the state’s labor laws and public contracting laws, inside and out.  So ABC representatives immediately spotted the error when they read the Solano County Department of General Services staff report for the September 28, 2010 Board of Supervisors meeting that justified the use of […]


Santa Barbara County Business Leaders Rally for Fair and Open Bid Competition

2 March 10, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Proponents of fair and open bid competition in Santa Barbara County, California gathered March 10th at the county administrative building to protest a proposed project labor agreement for future county construction.  On a 3-0 vote with two absences, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on February 16 to negotiate a PLA for with […]


California: Land of the Lost

1 February 1, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

There are few reports available that summarize how local governments across the United States are responding to the challenging economic and political circumstances of the last two years, but we at have been tracking the not-altogether-unexpected reaction at local governments in California.  Considering the reputation of California as a state where government fiscal irresponsibility […]


Kevin Dayton: Project Labor Agreement is Costly Sellout to Union

0 August 6, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The August 5 edition of the Contra Costa Times features an outstanding op-ed written by blogger Kevin Dayton blasting the three members of the Brentwood City Council who voted to require a wasteful and discriminatory PLA on the construction of their new Civic Center.  Here is an excerpt: The Brentwood City Council’s new PLA effectively cuts […]