Open Competition Works

The Truth About Project Labor Agreement Research

0 May 1, 2014  Featured, Open Competition Works

Lobbyists calling for the increased use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) have been referencing work by Kotler, Phillips, Belman, Bodah and Le that is critical of quantitative research that demonstrates the negative impact of anti-competitive PLA requirements on construction costs and taxpayers. These attacks, which have been referenced and discussed in inaccurate and biased PLA feasibility studies produced by Hill […]


ABC Members Named in Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For

0 February 19, 2014  Open Competition Works

Four ABC member contractor companies were ranked in Fortune Magazine’s annual Top 100 Companies to Work For list. Congratulations to DPR Construction, PCL Construction, TDIndustries and Kiewit Corporation. Proponents of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and their pals in government often erroneously claim PLAs are needed to prevent “low-road” nonunion contractors who cut corners and exploit their workforce […]


Merit Shop Firms Dominate ENR’s Top Contractors List

0 January 10, 2014  Featured, Open Competition Works

ABC member contractors took the top 10 spots on Engineering News-Record’s 2013 Top Contractors list, which ranked companies according to 2012 construction revenue. Additionally, 35 of the top 50, 56 out of the top 100, and 99 out of the top 200 contractors are ABC members. Proponents of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and their […]


Union’s Criticism Misses Mark on U.S. Department of Labor’s New Hampshire Job Corps Center Project Labor Agreement Scheme

0 September 3, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

During Labor Day weekend, two New Hampshire newspapers ran pieces critical of New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council President Pat Casey’s Op-Ed attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) and the merit shop contracting community for their opposition to an anti-competitive and costly union-favoring government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Manchester, N.H., […]


Merit Shop Firms Collaborate to Deliver $1.4 billion Federal Project to USACE Without Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement

0 May 30, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

The joint venture of Balfour Beatty Construction and Clark Construction on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Campus East Headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, epitomizes successful partnering and delivery of a complicated large-scale federal construction project.  These merit shop titans collaborated to build the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project since the Pentagon and […]


Phase 2 Silver Line Bids Below Budget Without Project Labor Agreement Scheme

1 May 23, 2013  Featured, Open Competition Works, Transportation & Infrastructure

Last week the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) announced the award of a key contract to build the majority of Phase 2 of the controversial Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, known as the Silver Line. The $1.178 billion design/build Package A contract was awarded May 14 to Capital Rail Constructors, a joint venture consisting of Clark […]


Merit Shop Contractors Deliver Award-Winning Large-Scale Federal Project For NAVFAC

1 May 14, 2013  Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

A joint venture (JV) between two quality merit shop federal contractors, Straub Construction, Inc. and Martin Harris Construction, successfully designed and built a parking facility and Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.  This large-scale design/build federal project, […]


Data Busts Myth that Project Labor Agreements Result in Increased Local Hiring

0 March 11, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

Special interest groups are in the business of convincing government officials and taxpayers there is a public benefit to anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs), which create jobs exclusively for unionized construction workers and steer huge public construction contracts primarily to well-connected unionized contractors. In particular, proponents of government-mandated PLAs push an unsubstantiated […]


Democrats Give Cold Shoulder to Construction Labor Bosses at DNC

3 September 5, 2012  Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

It is no secret the Democratic National Convention Committee’s (DNCC) decision to hold its convention in Charlotte, N.C.—a Right-to-Work state with the lowest union density of any in the country (2.9 percent) and an even smaller unionized construction industry workforce (1.2 percent)—has strained the cozy relationship between Big Labor and the Democrat Party. In the […]