The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District has issued two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) for projects at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County and Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.
ABC National encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to these PLA surveys. Tell USACE government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.
To review and respond to the Fort Meade survey, click here. Survey responses to Notice ID PANNAD-21-P-0000-001392-PLA should be sent via email to Ms. Sierra S. Marshall at [email protected] no later than 11:00 AM (EST) on January 28, 2021. Responses are limited to seven (7) pages.
To review and respond to Fort Detrick survey, click here. Survey responses to Notice ID W912DR21R0015 should be sent via email to Ms. Quiana L. Bowman at [email protected] no later than 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) January 28, 2021.
Please forward ABC Vice President, Regulatory, Labor & State Affairs Ben Brubeck ([email protected]) communications to USACE 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 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.