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Washington Examiner: White House Mulls Rollback of Federal Project Labor Agreement Rule

0 February 13, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

The Washington Examiner published an article quoting TheTruthAboutPLAs.com contributor Ben Brubeck about the Trump administration considering the reversal of President Obama’s anti-competitive and costly policy encouraging the use of government-mandated 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 […]

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TheTruthAboutPLAs.com Pushes for Repeal of Obama’s Pro-Project Labor Agreement Policy on NewsMaxTV

0 February 12, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

NewsmaxTV invited TheTruthAboutPLAs.com contributor Ben Brubeck onto a program to discuss the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan (full administration outline) released today (“Ben Brubeck on Trump’s Infrastructure Plan,” 2/18/18) and the need to rollback regulations promoting anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects: At about 5:38 of the interview, there is discussion about the […]

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CNBC Op-Ed: Eliminating Federal Policy Promoting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Should Be A Policy Cornerstone of Trump Infrastructure Plan

0 February 1, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

CNBC published commentary from TheTruthAboutPLAs.com contributor Ben Brubeck, which called for reforms to the federal policy encouraging the use of anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements on large-scale federal construction projects (“Five policy cornerstones for Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan,” 2/1/18). Check out this passage and the four other recommended policy cornerstones (permitting reform, increase the […]

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TheTruthAboutPLAs.com Calls For Eliminating Pro-Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Policy on Fox Business

0 January 31, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

The FBN:am program on Fox Business interviewed TheTruthAboutPLAs.com contributor Ben Brubeck for construction industry insights in reaction to President Trump’s Jan. 30, 2018, State of the Union Address, which addressed the Trump administration’s forthcoming $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. The interview finished with a discussion about the need to rescind President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, which […]

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

2 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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Project Labor Agreements Raise Costs on Ohio Schools 13 Percent, Study Finds

0 May 25, 2017  Featured, Open Competition Works, School Construction, State & Local Construction

A study by the Beacon Hill Institute has shown that when mandated by the government on taxpayer-funded construction projects, project labor agreements (PLAs) increase the costs of construction 13.12 percent. The study examined 88 schools across Ohio that were built since 2000 and found government-mandated PLAs cost $23.12 per square foot more (13.12 percent) than projects built […]

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WSJ Project Labor Agreement Op-Ed: A Wisconsin Lesson for Trump the Builder

0 April 18, 2017  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

The Wall Street Journal editorial and op-ed pages have invested barrels of ink opposing anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). In numerous instances (see pieces at end of blog post) the WSJ editorial board has derided PLA mandates, calling them “crony contracts,” “a rotten deal for taxpayers,” and worse: “PLAs are a form of political bid-rigging that robs […]

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House Committee Passes Fair and Open Competition Act Targeting Federal Project Labor Agreement Mandates

0 March 31, 2017  Featured, Federal Construction

This week the merit shop contracting community hit an important legislative milestone in its campaign for fair and open competition in government contracting. ABC issued a press release Tuesday applauding the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for favorably reporting out of committee the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1552), introduced in the 115th Congress by […]

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Coalition to Senate: Cosponsor Bill Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 March 16, 2017  Featured, Federal Construction

A diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups sent a letter to the United States Senate March 14 opposing government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and anti-competitive PLA preferences used by federal agencies as a result of President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and related regulations. The letter asks Senators to cosponsor the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 622), introduced in the 115thCongress […]

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