The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the large scale project at the VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY, with an estimated cost to be between $25 million and $100 million.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, a project of ABC National, encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell USACE government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.
To review and respond to USACE survey, click here.
Survey responses to Solicitation Number W912QR-18-PLA-VALouisvilleBP1 should be sent via email to Joshua Gitchel by 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Attached is a template contractors can customize to help with their response. Before submission, please rename the document, pay close attention to the highlighted text and customize it as much as possible.
Please forward ABC Vice President, Regulatory, Labor & State Affairs Ben Brubeck (Brubeck@abc.org) communications to USACE in case ABC National needs to take additional steps to defeat a PLA mandate on this contract.
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USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 260 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.
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. Due to our collective advocacy, none of these projects have had PLAs mandated on them.
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