Today the Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee will hold a hearing on project labor agreements (PLAs) and legislation (House Bill 2010, The Open Contracting Act) introduced by Reps. Stan Saylor (R-York) and John Bear (R-Lancaster) that would prohibit government-mandated PLAs on PA and PA-funded construction projects.
This billboard and video are part of the “Save His Endangered Job”campaign to prevent wasteful and discriminatory PLAs on public construction in Pennsylvania. PLAs discourage nonunion contractors from competing for construction contracts on PLA projects. Reduced competition increases the cost of construction and prevents taxpayers from receiving the best quality product at the best possible price. In addition, should a nonunion contractor successfully win a contract on a PLA project, PLAs force nonunion employees to pay dues to a union, accept union representation for the life of a project without an employee vote or choice, and follow antiquated union work rules in order to work on a project funded by their own tax dollars.
The campaign has also produced an outstanding web video, which is available below. Share it with anyone else who cares about value and accountability on public construction projects.