Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is requesting comments from the construction industry addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale design-build federal contract to decentralize the steam heating system at Naval Base San Diego in California.
Responses are due by 2 PM PT on Friday, August 8, 2014, to Larry Romig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to the request for information. Tell NAVFAC that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.
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NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued more than 230 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.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com 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 and effective at creating more work for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com readers may recall NAVFAC NW mandated a PLA on the construction of a $450 million to $550 million explosives handling wharf #2 (Solicitation No. N4425511R9004) at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after Democrat members of the Washington delegation in the U.S. House and Senate received a significant amount of campaign contributions from Big Labor and pressured NAVFAC to require a PLA. The first and only PLA mandated by NAVFAC was recently in the news after a dispute about whether the PLA covered boat workers.
For more information or assistance responding to the PLA survey, please contact us here.