PLAs are political payoffs to union leaders

BLS: Construction Industry Union Membership Declines

1 January 28, 2016  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual union membership report released today, the 2015 union membership rate (i.e., the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions) dipped slightly from 13.9 percent in 2014 to 13.2 percent of the U.S. private construction workforce. In addition, construction unions lost 28,000 members in a year-over-year comparison, despite […]

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NYC Union Strike Shuts Down Project Labor Agreement Jobsites Again

0 July 13, 2015  Featured, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

Earlier this month, New York City jobsites were shut down after unions failed to honor their project labor agreement’s (PLA) no-strike promise. It is at least the third time since 2011 various NYC unions blatantly violated no-strike provisions in controversial PLAs, which steer construction contracts to unionized contractors and provide jobs exclusively for union members […]

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Construction Unions Add Members, but Percentage of Unionized Construction Workforce Declines

0 January 23, 2015  Featured

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual union membership report released today, the union membership rate (i.e., the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions) dipped slightly from 14.1 percent to 13.9 percent of the U.S. private construction workforce from 2013 to 2014. However, construction unions gained 53,000 members in a year-over-year comparison. This […]

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California Legislature Poised to Issue First Local PLA Mandate in State History

0 July 14, 2014  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

The California Legislature is set to break new ground and taxpayers should be very concerned. For the first time in state history, the Legislature is posed to require a local government entity to mandate a project labor agreement (PLA) on a local construction project. If Assembly Bill 155, sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D), is […]

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Project Labor Agreement Fails On Tappan Zee Bridge Construction; Jobs Outsourced to Robots

1 June 9, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

The $3.9 billion project to replace New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge is being built by union labor and robots. The $3.1 billion construction contract is subject to a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) pushed by Albany’s pro-union lawmakers and New York Gov. Cuomo (D) because it will result in a huge windfall of political contributions to the Empire […]

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Construction Union Membership Increases Slightly

0 January 24, 2014  Featured, Federal Construction

From 2012 to 2013, the union membership rate (i.e., the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions) increased slightly from 13.2 percent to 14.1 percent of the U.S. private construction workforce, with construction unions gaining 95,000 more members in a year-over-year comparison, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual union membership report released today. In the U.S. private […]

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Tappan Zee Bridge Project Labor Agreement Fuels Cycle of Political Cronyism in Public Contracting

0 June 25, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Last week, a Newsday article reported that a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for construction of New York’s federally and state-funded Tappan Zee Bridge will result in a multi-million-dollar windfall for construction union political action committees (PACs) and their crony beneficiaries in government (“Tappan Zee project to boost unions’ political action funds,” 6/17/13): When Gov. […]

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Nine Ways Private Owners Are Coerced By Unions Into Requiring Project Labor Agreements

1 May 6, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Sometimes, private owners of energy projects, banks, retail stores, manufacturing facilities, hotels, casinos and hospitals require contractors to agree to a project labor agreement (PLA) favoring trade unions as a condition of winning a construction contract funded by private money. This is known as a private PLA mandate or a private owner-mandated PLA. A private PLA […]

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