Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: Trick or Treat?

0 October 31, 2012  Uncategorized

This Halloween, don’t be TRICKED by government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs).

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

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

PLAs SPOOK merit shop contractors from competing for and winning contracts on public construction projects. Taxpayer-funded construction contracts subject to government-mandated 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 percent of the 2011 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.

Taxpayers lose with PLAs.  Less competition and inefficient union rules increase the cost of PLA construction projects between 12 percent and 18 percent, on average, 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 here.

Happy Halloween from the always CANDY-CORNY team at

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