PA Senator Fights Rockview Prison PLA
…suring free and open competition on the Rockview prison project? TheTruthAboutPLAs.com hopes that politics and narrow special interests won’t trump common sense and fairness. NO PLA on Rockview. Sen. Corman’s news release. Sen. Corman on Rockview Prison PLA Proposal (wmv) Centre Daily Times (6/23) report on Rockview prison PLA….
PA Government Cronyism Continues with Rockview Jail PLA
…sued a memo indicating that there will be a government mandated PLA on the Rockview prison project. The decision to enter into a PLA for the Rockview prison comes under corrupt questionable circumstances, considering there are very few union members and union contractors operating in the Centre County region according to industry experts and government data. The results of a a labor feasibility study, commissioned by PA DGS, to determine if a PLA…
Do PLAs Reward Special Interests?
…osed this corruption on July 9, 2009 and brought it to the attention of the media, PA lawmakers, interested stakeholders (“PA Government Cronyism Continues with Rockview Jail PLA“). Where is the accountability in government? This PLA corruption has to end….
PA: Benner Township Prison Project Delayed Because Bids “Unacceptably High”
…the Benner Township prison project without a wasteful and discriminatory PLA and we hope this decision doesn’t change before the re-bidding actually occurs. Additionally, we hope the Rockview project can be the canary in the coal mine for DGS. It’s time to remove the PLA requirements from the other SCI/prison projects too….
Pennsylvania State Senator Lloyd Smucker On PLAs
…ruction. Click here for more information on this issue and other PLA developments in Pennsylvania. Senator Smucker’s statement on PLAs for the Rockview prison project in Centre County is available here….
Rendell Administration Love Affair With Big Labor Stalls Prison Construction Projects and Slows Job Growth for Pennsylvanians
…rison — SCI Benner, to be located in Benner Township near the existing SCI Rockview — will cost about $200 million and hold 2,000 inmates. A second new prison will be twice that size — holding 4,000 inmates and costing about $400 million. It will be built near the aging SCI Graterford in suburban Philadelphia and will be the new home for its 3,700 inmates. The current prison is to be emptied and mothballed. Though the Benner and Graterford project…
It’s the PLA, Stupid!
Penn State’s student run newspaper, The Daily Collegian, reports that the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has started the rebidding process for the $200 million State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Benner Township in Centre County, PA after costs from the initial round of bidding came in too high (“Prison construction bidding to resume,” 8/26). Despite predictions by politicians (specifically PA Senator Jake Corman), taxpayer…
Paid, Violent Construction Union Members Protest Pro-Taxpayer/Anti-Project Labor Agreement Press Conference in Harrisburg
A well-compensated angry mob and rude group of Pennsylvania construction union members descended on yesterday’s press conference, held by Pennsylvania Representative John Bear (R-Lancaster) and Republican House Policy Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) on the Harrisburg capital steps, to protest the introduction of legislation that would end discriminatory and costly project labor agreements (PLA) on state and state assisted construction pro…
Fox in the Hen House
In March, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) announced the construction of two future prisons, costing approximately $400 million. The projects’ general contractor hired Keystone Research Center (KRC) to research the feasibility of a PLA on the projects – despite numerous existing studies that already prove that union-only PLAs are wasteful and discriminatory. Luckily, there are reporters in Pennsylvania that get it. Here are s…
Project Labor Agreement News Round-Up
The Bulletin continued to cover the Pennsylvania Department of General Services’ decision to require a PLA on the $400 million Graterford prison project. Additionally, the Southeast Pennsylvania chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors launched a marketing campaign to inform the public about the impact of the Graterford prison project PLA on local workers and the community. San Diego radio station KPBS has an online report detailing the “ba…