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Federal Court Upholds Louisiana Law Prohibiting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 May 28, 2015  Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

Another union-backed legal challenge to a state law protecting fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction contracts has failed. It is another big win for free enterprise and builds on existing case law permitting states to restrict these crony contracting schemes. A federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana May 27 ruled that Louisiana’s […]

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ABC Is Still Winning the Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements in Federal Contracting

0 June 10, 2014  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis. Many merit shop advocates of fair and open competition predicted it would lead to billions of dollars’ worth of federal construction contracts being […]

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ABC Members Named to Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors List

0 June 2, 2014  Featured, Open Competition Works

ABC member contractors took 55 out of the top 100 spots on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 400 Contractors list for 2014, which ranks companies according to 2013 construction revenue in millions of dollars. Proponents of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and their pals in government often erroneously claim PLAs are needed to ensure experienced and quality contractors perform public works […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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., […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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