Veterans Affairs Project Labor Agreement Survey For Omaha National Cemetery Due Jan. 23

1 January 22, 2014  Federal Construction

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Facilities Management is soliciting comments from federal contractors about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a solicitation for design-build construction services to build a new National Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Survey responses are due by COB Thursday, January 23, 2014, to Ms. Susan Lam via e-mail to [email protected].

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

The VA and other federal agencies have issued more than 200 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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One Response to Veterans Affairs Project Labor Agreement Survey For Omaha National Cemetery Due Jan. 23

Greg Lettington January 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I believe PLAs disproportionately harm minority, women owned, small business contractors, and their diverse work forces. Most of these firms are not signatory to a union and their craft labor employees do not belong to union.
I feel government-mandated PLAs are blatant discrimination against minority, women owned, small businesses.
PLAs were meant to create jobs for skilled tradespeople as well as disadvantaged contractors. PLAs tend to discourage competition for disadvantaged contractors because the terms of the PLAs needlessly increase cost and force open shop small contractors to adopt inefficient union rules making it impossible to compete against union shops. It also forces small contractors to utilize unfamiliar union labor instead of their own skilled personnel.
Bid business spend millions and millions of dollars every year to support PLAs, they wouldn’t be spending this amount of money if it wasn’t to their advantage.

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