Stop the Potential PLAs on MTA Projects in California

0 May 5, 2011  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

Associated Builders and Contractors Southern California and Los Angeles-Ventura Chapters along with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers-LA and the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction have formed a coalition of small business organizations called Small Business United. Together, these groups are working with small, minority and disadvantaged businesses to fight wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is considering whether to place a PLA on all MTA projects funded by the voter-approved Measure R and other federal funds.

Supporter of open competition have created an online petition.  They intend to present this petition to members of Congress in June 2011. The petition urges members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to deny loans to any project with a government-mandated PLA.

It is vital that members of Congress hear from the American people on this issue. Please click on the link below and sign the petition so that merit shop contractors are able to compete for work funded by their own tax dollars.

The petition is available here.

Besides signing the petition, fair and open competition supporters can urge their federal officials to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 734/S. 119) in our grassroots action center here. This legislation prohibits PLA mandates on federal and federally assisted construction projects and ensures that taxpayers get the best possible construction product at the best possible price.

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