The Boston Business Journal ran an editorial critical of project labor agreements (PLAs) and President Obama’s Executive Order 13502 (“PLAs a Tax on Competition,” 9/25).
PLAs de facto lock in unions at major job sites, all but barring 84 percent of the construction workforce that isn’t union. Obama earlier this year issued an executive order striking down the Bush administration prohibition against PLAs, setting a deadline for comment on the change this week.
PLAs, in limiting competition, naturally hike costs, exactly what taxpayers don’t need in a time of scarce resources.
And, essentially, they are a decree of anti-opportunity in a time of great stress in the construction industry.