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2020 Update: ABC’s Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 September 22, 2020  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

In February 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis and permits recipients of federal assistance to mandate PLAs on state and local public works projects. Many merit shop advocates and public policy professionals predicted […]

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USACE Sacramento District PLA Survey Due Oct. 6

0 September 29, 2020  Federal Construction

Dear Friend, 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) for the construction of tunnels and subsurface structures at the Sacramento River East Levee Contract 2 project in Greater Sacramento, California. ABC National encourages the merit shop contracting […]

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New Mexico County Debating CWA/PLA Ordinance

0 September 18, 2020  State & Local Construction

Bernalillo County, the largest county in the State of New Mexico, is currently weighing an ordinance that would require a community workforce agreement (CWA), also known as a project labor agreement, on all county projects valued at over $5 million. The ordinance also says that at least three trades must be employed on the project […]

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USACE Louisville District PLA Survey for Fort Knox Due Sept. 4

0 September 1, 2020  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District 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 an elementary school at Fort Knox, Kentucky. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell USACE government-mandated […]

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USACE Norfolk District PLA Survey for Joint Base Langley-Eustis Due Sept. 1

0 August 26, 2020  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 a project at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell USACE government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase […]

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The District of Columbia Council Is Wasting Taxpayer Money on Project Labor Agreement Schemes

0 August 13, 2020  Featured, State & Local Construction

District of Columbia voters and businesses monitoring revenue shortfalls and proposed tax hikes in the D.C. Council’s FY2021 budget, passed July 23 and awaiting future action from Mayor Bowser, should be concerned about $50 million to $100 million in waste and increased costs resulting from a scheme by some D.C. Council members and construction trade […]

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NAVFAC and USACE Issue PLA Surveys in Virginia

0 July 16, 2020  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for multiple construction projects in Virginia. NAVFAC MID-ATLANTIC is soliciting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of a PLA for large scale, general construction […]

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Many Construction Industry Multiemployer Pension Plans Remain in Financial Distress

0 May 28, 2020  Featured

Merit shop contractors are typically wary of competing for taxpayer-funded construction contracts which are subject to government-mandated project labor agreements. Often their main concern is the viability of defined benefit multiemployer pension plans, which expose their businesses to potentially catastrophic MEPP liability. Information about the health of construction industry MEPPs provided by the U.S. Department of […]

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Virginia Delays Enactment of Prevailing Wage and PLA Mandate Laws Until May 2021

0 April 23, 2020  Featured, State & Local Construction

During its annual reconvene/veto session April 22, the Virginia General Assembly agreed with Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and delayed the effective date of two laws permitting prevailing wage and project labor agreement requirements on taxpayer-funded public works projects. The General Assembly originally sent these bills, passed via party line votes, to the desk of Gov. […]

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