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Lawsuit Flushes Project Labor Agreement Scheme on Massachusetts Wastewater Facility

0 May 24, 2024  Featured, State & Local Construction

ABC’s Massachusetts chapter and a coalition of local merit shop contractors successfully blocked the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission’s scheme for a project labor agreement mandate on a $325 million water filtration plant. “Notwithstanding the lip service the PLA pays to being open to all bidders, it most assuredly is not,” wrote Hampden Superior Court […]

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DC Council Saddles More City Construction With Project Labor Agreement Schemes

0 May 22, 2024  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

On May 7, 2024, the D.C. Council approved controversial legislation, the Revised Labor Agreement Cost Threshold Amendment Act of 2024. Bill 25-469 lowers the cost threshold from $75 million to $50 million for the required use of inflationary and anti-competitive project labor agreements on construction contracts procured by the District of Columbia. D.C. Council Chairman […]

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Biden Policies on Project Labor Agreements and Apprenticeship Exacerbate Construction Industry Skilled Labor Shortage

0 May 14, 2024  Featured, Federal Construction

The construction industry is projecting a shortage of more than half a million skilled workers in 2024. It is also facing materials cost inflation of more than 41% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, continued supply chain disruptions and uncertainty caused by a series of controversial Biden administration regulations harming the construction industry and […]

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ABC Files Motion For Preliminary Injunction Against President Biden’s Anti-Competitive Project Labor Agreement Rule for Federal Construction Projects

0 May 13, 2024  Featured, Federal Construction

On April 26, Associated Builders and Contractors and its Florida First Coast chapter filed a motion for preliminary injunction as part of its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Jacksonville in response to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s Dec. 22, 2023, final rule—and the related Dec. 18, 2023, […]

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BLS: A Record 89.3% of the U.S. Construction Industry Is Not Part of a Union

0 January 31, 2024  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2023 Union Members Summary released Jan. 23, 2024, a historic low of 10.7% of the construction industry belongs to a union, a decline from 11.7% in 2022. BLS reports that 7.9 million construction workers were not members of a union in […]

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President Biden’s Final Rule Forcing Corrupt Project Labor Agreements Will Face Legal Challenges

1 December 19, 2023  Featured, Federal Construction

ABC released the following statement yesterday in response to President Biden’s inflationary and anti-competitive project labor agreement final rule on large-scale federal construction projects. The final rule is expected to be published in the federal register this week. Taxpayer and industry stakeholders are encouraged to write their members of Congress through this ABC grassroots campaign […]

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December 2023 Update: ABC’s Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 December 6, 2023  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Since President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14063, Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects, on Feb. 4, 2022, mandating inflationary and anti-competitive project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more, numerous lawmakers and taxpayer and construction industry groups have renewed fierce opposition to the Biden administration’s push for […]

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Construction Industry Applauds House Committee’s Passage of the Fair and Open Competition Act Targeting Biden’s Project Labor Agreement Schemes

0 July 12, 2023  Featured, Federal Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors applauded the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Accountability’s July 12 passage of the Fair and Open Competition Act, H.R. 1209. FOCA would protect federal and federally assisted construction contracts from anti-competitive and inflationary government-mandated project labor agreements and allow merit shop contractors and their skilled employees to have a fair […]

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A Win for Fair and Open Competition: Wyoming Passes Law Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 March 27, 2023  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors praised the Wyoming legislature and Gov. Mark Gordon for enacting SF 147, the Fair and Open Competition Act, which protects Wyoming taxpayers by ensuring all of the state’s skilled construction workforce can compete on a level playing field for contracts to build state, state-assisted and local public works projects. Once in […]

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Coalition Questions Project Labor Agreement Scheme in CHIPS Funding for Semiconductor Plant Construction

0 March 10, 2023  Featured

On March 7, a diverse group of 17 construction and business associations urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to ensure taxpayer investments in the semiconductor industry are not needlessly constrained by anti-competitive and inflationary project labor agreement schemes imposed through after-the-fact regulatory action by the Biden administration. According to the coalition letter, a project labor agreement preference […]

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