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Biden’s Project Labor Agreement Schemes Exacerbate Construction Industry’s Skilled Labor Shortage

0 June 29, 2022  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

The construction industry is projecting a historic shortage of 650,000 skilled workers in 2022. It is also facing serious supply chain disruptions, unprecedented materials cost inflation of 44% since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and declining investment in nonresidential structures. The Biden administration is aware of these problems that stand to undermine taxpayer investments in […]

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April 2022 Update: ABC’s Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Continues

0 April 6, 2022  Featured, Federal Construction

Since President Biden signed Executive Order 14063, Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects, on Feb. 4, 2022, mandating project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more, numerous lawmakers and taxpayer and business groups have renewed fierce opposition to the Biden administration’s push for government-mandated PLAs on both federal […]

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President Biden’s Project Labor Agreement Executive Order Will Increase Costs to Taxpayers and Exacerbate Construction Industry Skilled Labor Shortage

0 February 4, 2022  Featured, Federal Construction

Yesterday, Associated Builders and Contractors issued this press release in reaction to President Biden’s long-rumored executive order (see White House fact sheet) pushing government-mandated project labor agreements on certain federal construction contracts. This policy is bad news for taxpayers and the construction industry. President Biden’s Pro-PLA Executive Order Will Increase Costs to Taxpayers and Exacerbate […]

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BLS: 87.4% of Construction Industry Does Not Belong to a Union

0 February 2, 2022  Featured

The rate of union membership in the construction industry dropped slightly in 2021, from 12.7% to 12.6%, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual union members summary report published on Jan. 20, 2022. However, construction unions added 31,000 members, growing from 993,000 in 2020 to 1.024 million in […]

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USACE Mobile District Issues Two PLA Surveys Due 11.24

0 November 19, 2021  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District has issued two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) for multiple large-scale projects at Redstone Arsenal in Madison County, Alabama. ABC National encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to these PLA surveys. Tell […]

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Nonunion Workers Suffer Up to 34% in Wage Theft Under Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 October 22, 2021  Featured, Federal Construction

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22—Associated Builders and Contractors today calls attention to a new report that highlights the negative economic impact of controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on nonunion construction workers, who comprise 87.3% of the construction industry workforce. The study found that the limited number of nonunion craft professionals permitted to work on construction projects subject […]

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Advocacy Campaign Opposes Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Schemes in Infrastructure Bill

1 July 26, 2021  Featured, Federal Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

As Congress continues to craft legislation implementing a bipartisan infrastructure framework, ABC  issued a July 13 press release announcing a digital advocacy campaign opposing costly government-mandated project labor agreement schemes on the federal infrastructure legislation. ABC-Led Coalition Announces Six-Figure Advocacy Campaign Build America Local, a coalition of construction industry and business organizations led by Associated […]

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Biden Administration Circulates Draft Pro-Project Labor Agreement Executive Order For Federal Contracting

0 June 30, 2021  Federal Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

TheTruthAboutPLAs.com can confirm recent media reports that the Biden administration is circulating a draft executive order to federal agencies that will modify and expand President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, issued in February 2009, which encourages federal agencies to require project labor agreements on a case-by-case basis on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total […]

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