The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for multiple construction projects in Virginia.
NAVFAC MID-ATLANTIC is soliciting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of a PLA for large scale, general construction project(s) in Hampton Roads, VA. The other survey is large scale (exceeding $50 Million) project for Southern Expansion at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) Arlington, Virginia.
ABC National encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to the following PLA surveys:
- Please send responses to 236220 – Commercial and Institutional Building Construction, Hampton Roads, Virginia no later than July 22, 2020 to email@example.com with N4008520RHRVA PLA Response as the email subject line.
- Please send responses to the Southern Expansion at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) Arlington, Virginia survey by July 25, 2020, to firstname.lastname@example.org and Ekaterina.Oxley@usace.army.mil with W9123621R2002PLA Response as the email subject line.
Tell the USACE government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.
Please contact ABC Vice President, Regulatory, Labor & State Affairs Ben Brubeck for assistance and send a copy of your response in case ABC National needs to take additional steps to defeat a PLA mandate on this contract.
ABC is Leading the Fight Against Government-Mandated PLAs in Federal Contracting
USACE and other federal agencies have issued hundreds of 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 2009 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 and permits state and local government recipients of federal dollars to mandate PLAs on public works projects.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com has taken the opportunity to respond to 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 federal projects subject to PLAs have had PLAs mandated on them.
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