PLAs

BLS: Just 14 Percent of U.S. Construction Industry Is Unionized

0 January 19, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual Union Members Summary report published January 19, 2018, 14 percent of wage and salary workers were members of unions in the U.S. private construction industry. That’s a slight increase from 13.9 percent in 2016. The overall private construction industry increased by 356,000 jobs (7,488,000 in 2016 vs 7,844,000 in 2017). […]

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USACE Honolulu District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due Nov. 29

0 November 21, 2017  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) for the construction of a Fighter Alert Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman on Oahu, Hawaii. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this […]

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NAVFAC Northwest Project Labor Agreement Survey Due September 7

0 August 30, 2017  Federal Construction

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for the construction of a submarine berthing pier extension on the P-834 SEAWOLF Class Service Pier at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in Silverdale, WA. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the […]

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U.S. District Court Knocks Down Jersey City Project Labor Agreement Ordinance

0 August 15, 2017  Featured, State & Local Construction

In June, the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey found that a 2007 Jersey City ordinance requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on private projects receiving tax abatements is preempted by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The case involved a Jersey City ordinance encouraging private developers to invest in the city by […]

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USACE Kansas City District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due August 11

0 August 9, 2017  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on Phase 1 of the replacement of the General Leonard Wood Area Community Hospital facilities at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit […]

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Missouri Passes Law Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 May 31, 2017  Featured, State & Local Construction

Yesterday Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Mo.) signed legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Missouri taxpayers. SB 182, the Fairness in Public Construction Act, ensures controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that almost three […]

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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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USACE Alaska District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due May 19

0 April 26, 2017  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Alaska 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 design-build contract to extend steam/water to the South Loop related to the F-35A aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com […]

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A Win For Taxpayers and Free Enterprise: Wisconsin Is 23rd State to Pass Law Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 18, 2017  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

On April 17, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed SB 3 into law, which promotes fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Wisconsin taxpayers. The “Project Labor Agreement Neutrality Bill” now known as Act 10 prohibits the government from mandating controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects […]

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WSJ Project Labor Agreement Op-Ed: A Wisconsin Lesson for Trump the Builder

0 April 18, 2017  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

The Wall Street Journal editorial and op-ed pages have invested barrels of ink opposing anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). In numerous instances (see pieces at end of blog post) the WSJ editorial board has derided PLA mandates, calling them “crony contracts,” “a rotten deal for taxpayers,” and worse: “PLAs are a form of political bid-rigging that robs […]

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