USACE Wilmington Fort Bragg Project Labor Agreements Surveys Due Jan. 21

2 January 8, 2014  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District is soliciting comments from the construction community about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on two large-scale federal construction project at Fort Bragg in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

One PLA survey, due COB Tuesday, January 21 to Mr. Jere West ([email protected]), is for a contract to construct a Civil Affairs Battalion Annex.

The other survey, due COB Tuesday, Jan. 21, via e-mail to Ms. Danielle Dinger ([email protected]), is for a contract to build a Regional Studies & Education Center.

USACE Wilmington District


North Carolina recently enacted legislation restricting the use of government-mandated PLAs on state and state assisted projects.

For more information or assistance responding to the PLA survey, contact here.

USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 175 similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama’s pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate PLAs on a case-by-case basis for federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost. has taken the opportunity to respond to all PLA surveys as they are issued and encourages the merit shop contracting community to do the same. Responding with accurate and timely information is critical to creating more work for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees.

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2 Responses to USACE Wilmington Fort Bragg Project Labor Agreements Surveys Due Jan. 21

Frank P Benson January 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm

As someone who has spent 38 years in the industry and have been a superintendent on open shop and union only pla’s I must tell you in the north they work a lot better if you have adverse conditions and a tight schedule.It is not a bad thing,especially if the building trades have it together in the area where the work is being performed.

Ben Brubeck January 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

If that is true, nothing is preventing firms from executing PLAs voluntarily if they believe it will give them a competitive advantage. The government is typically a victim of needless political pressure by their political supporters to mandate PLAs, so the decision-making process about whether to mandate a PLA (and potentially increase costs and reduce competition) is not objective and is not market-driven.

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