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House Lawmakers Ask President Trump to Eliminate Obama Policy Promoting Project Labor Agreements

0 July 24, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

Last week, U.S. House lawmakers urged President Trump to rescind a costly Obama administration policy encouraging the use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). The letter (pdf) signed by 44 House Republican lawmakers, urges President Trump to rescind Executive Order 13502, “which strongly encourages federal agencies, on a case-by-case basis, to consider requiring project labor agreements […]

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New York Post Editorial Exposes Mayor’s Project Labor Agreement Scam Sleight of Hand

0 July 20, 2018  State & Local Construction

The New York Post editorial board probably won’t be getting a Christmas card from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) or NYC construction union bosses any time soon after they ran this editorial calling out the mayor for not substantiating promised savings from sweetheart deals on city construction projects with construction labor unions called […]

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ABC Touts Benefits of Fair and Open Competition on Varney from The White House

0 July 2, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

Topping out a successful Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Legislative Week 2018, ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman gave a June 29, 2018, interview with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney from the White House where he touted the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to the construction industry and promoted the value of fair and open competition […]

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24 States Ensure Fair and Open Competition, Restrict Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 July 2, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

On Feb. 6, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects—those exceeding $25 million in total value—on a case-by-case basis, and permits states and localities to mandate PLAs on federally assisted projects. Since President Obama issued Executive Order 13502, 23 […]

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Op-Ed Offers Solution to Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Problem

0 June 27, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

The Hill published an op-ed by ABC CEO and President Michael Bellaman laying out three key policy recommendations for Congress and the Trump administration to enact in order to continue the construction industry’s positive economic growth (“Time for Cogress to bolster Trump’s roadmap for rebuilding America,” 6/27/18). The op-ed is part of ABC’s one powerful […]

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ABC Legislative Week 2018: Fighting for Fair and Open Competition

0 June 25, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

Members of the merit shop contracting community, welcome to Washington and ABC’s Legislative Conference 2018. More than 500 ABC members are traveling to Washington, D.C., for meetings with top Trump administration and congressional leaders to address the issues that impact the merit shop construction industry. Answering ABC’s powerful Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business! message, attendees will educate lawmakers […]

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Coalition Asks President Trump To Let All Americans Rebuild U.S. Infrastructure

1 January 30, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

Politico’s Morning Transportation reports that Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and a coalition of 13 other construction and business associations sent President Trump a Jan. 24, 2018, letter urging the administration to eliminate government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally assisted projects, allowing all qualified contractors and Americans to fairly compete to build and […]

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A Total of 24 States Restrict Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

1 January 26, 2018  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

On Feb. 6, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects—those exceeding $25 million in total value—on a case-by-case basis, and permits states and localities to mandate PLAs on federally assisted projects. Since President Obama issued Executive Order 13502, 23 […]

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BLS: Just 14 Percent of U.S. Construction Industry Is Unionized

0 January 19, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual Union Members Summary report published January 19, 2018, 14 percent of wage and salary workers were members of unions in the U.S. private construction industry. That’s a slight increase from 13.9 percent in 2016. The overall private construction industry increased by 356,000 jobs (7,488,000 in 2016 vs 7,844,000 in 2017). […]

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