Earlier today, we published a blog post providing readers with a status update and background information on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council’s final rule implementing President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502.
Below is an initital statement from ABC National on the final rule.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com will provide additional analysis on the final rule this week.
Obama Administration Issues Policy that Discriminates Against 85 Percent of the Construction Workforce
Final Rule Comes as Construction Industry Unemployment Rate Hits 25 Percent
Statement For Immediate Release
April 12, 2010
Washington, D.C.– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) 2010 National Chairman Jim Elmer, president of James W. Elmer Construction Co., Spokane, Wash., today issued the following statement in reaction to the final rule, to be issued April 13 by the Obama administration, that would establish a policy of encouraging federal agencies to impose government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million:
“Anti-competitive project labor agreements are special interest kickback schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on public projects,” said Elmer. “Government-mandated PLAs are a handout to a politically connected special interest group and come at the taxpayers’ expense.
“PLAs can drive up the cost for public construction by nearly 20 percent, while unfairly discriminating against the more than 85 percent of the U.S. construction workforce that chooses not to join a union.
“With the construction industry facing a staggering unemployment rate of 25 percent, this is the worst possible time for politics to trump sound public policy. This final rule shows that the Obama administration is more concerned with paying back its political allies than putting America’s entire construction workforce back to work.
“ABC believes this final rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, issued February 6th last year, exceeds his statutory authority and violates the Competition in Contracting Act, as well as other procurement laws and regulations. We will exhaust every opportunity to challenge this policy, which is effectively a federal government endorsement of union set-asides,” Elmer said.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 77 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with two million employees. Visit us at www.. For more information about government-mandated PLAs, visit www.TheTruthAboutPLAs.com or www.abc.org/pla.
Contact: Gerry Fritz, (703) 812-2062 or Gail Raiman, (703) 812-2073
April 13 update from www.TheTruthAboutPLAs.com:
From the Federal Register
Federal Acquisition Regulation:
Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects
- Text: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8118.htm
- PDF: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-8118.pdf
- Effective Date: May 13, 2010.