Legislation to prohibit wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on state and local construction projects is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam (R) for his signature or veto. We urge Gov. Haslam to take quick action on this bi-partisan legislation, HB1498, which will protect taxpayers from these Big Labor handouts on public funded construction.
If this bill is signed by Gov. Haslam, Tennessee will join seven other states in banning these special interest schemes on public construction. Lawmakers in state after state are standing up against PLAs and by extension, President Obama’s Executive Order 13502. Tennessee stands to become the fourth state to take action against PLAs so far in 2011. This is a big win for taxpayers and the 94 percent of Tennessee’s construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor organization.
Lawmakers in Maine are prepared to take up similar legislation this week, as LD 1257 is scheduled to be heard by the House State and Local Affairs Committee on May 9 at 1pm ET.
Big Labor has already prepared to mobilize its ranks to try to protect their ability to secure government-mandated PLAs from friendly elected officials. Here at TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, we urge Maine lawmakers to ensure that taxpayers get the accountability they deserve on public construction and promptly advance this bill.