Project Labor Agreements: Trick or Treat?

0 October 31, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Enjoy this photo of a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern sent to us from a reader.

Don’t be TRICKED by government mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). 

These MAGIC SPELLS are special interest kickback schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on construction projects. 

PLAs SPOOKmerit shop contractors from competing for and winning contracts on public construction projects. Construction contracts subject to PLAs are almost always awarded exclusively to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces. 

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 14.5 percent of the 2009 U.S. private construction workforce belongs to a union. This means PLAs HAUNT more than eight out of 10 construction workers who would otherwise work on construction projects if not for a PLA.

Less competition and archaic and inefficient union rules increase the cost of PLA construction projects by as much as 20 percent when compared to similar projects not subject to PLAs. That means taxpayers get four GRAVEYARDS for the price of five.

Learn about the SPINE-CHILLING provisions in typical PLAs and how they TERRIFY nonunion contractors and employees at “Project Labor Agreement Basics: What is a PLA?” (4/24/09).

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