The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing potential government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction contracts to build unspecified large-scale federal projects within the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
The USACE Baltimore District issued a similar PLA survey in previous years and has not required a PLA on a contract. This result is not surprising considering the frequent failure of federal, state and local PLAs in the Balt./Wash. metropolitan area. Last week, TheTruthAboutPLAs.com covered the latest PLA failure, the Laurel library project in Prince George’s County, Md., and highlighted a number of problematic PLAs in the Mid-Atlantic region.
To review and respond to the USACE survey, click here.
All responses must be submitted via email to Melissa Renee McMillan-Cox ([email protected]) no later than 3 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
For more information or assistance responding to the PLA survey, contact us here.
USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 235 similar project labor agreement 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.
ABC 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.
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