School Construction

Keystone Research Center Studies Promoting Pennsylvania Project Labor Agreements Can’t Be Trusted

1 February 23, 2014  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

Proponents of discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) have concocted some wild schemes to help misguided and corrupt lawmakers steer taxpayer-funded contracts to their union workers and unionized contractor political supporters with little competition and public scrutiny, but this latest caper from Bristol Township, Pa., is remarkable and deserves to be exposed. In August 2013, when […]


USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, School Due Dec. 23

0 December 11, 2013  Federal Construction, School Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District is soliciting comments from the construction community about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal construction contract to build a high school at Fort Campbell, Ky. To review the survey and learn how to respond, click here. Please provide survey responses […]


Project Labor Agreement Schemes Debated in Charles County Maryland

0 November 1, 2013  School Construction, State & Local Construction

A battle is brewing between the merit shop contracting community and construction labor unions in Charles County, Maryland, the latest locality in the Mid-Atlantic region to entertain legislation requiring anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects. On Oct.2, the Charles County commissioners invited representatives from construction trade unions and the local […]


Great Scott: Projects Bid With and Without PLA Mandates Show PLAs Increase Costs and Reduce Competition

3 April 18, 2013  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

While researching the use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) in West Virginia in advance of Wednesday’s deadline for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) survey about a potential PLA mandate on a large-scale federal project in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., went back in time to revisit another real-world example of how discriminatory PLA […]


Told You So: Project Labor Agreement on Connecticut High School Increased Costs and Reduced Competition

0 April 2, 2013  School Construction, State & Local Construction

In 2012, the merit shop contracting community and city employees predicted Meriden, Conn., would face increased costs and reduced competition if the city council mandated a union-favoring project labor agreement (PLA) on $220 million worth of contracts to renovate two local high schools. ( covered the controversy here and here). Despite the warnings, testy public […]


Georgia Open Competition for Public Contracting Language Still Alive

0 March 13, 2013  School Construction, State & Local Construction

Despite a setback last week, a bill in Georgia containing language to ban government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and other requirements that force contractors to abide by Big Labor’s demands as a condition of being awarded taxpayer-funded construction projects could be on the move.  If enacted, this language would prevent PLA mandates in Georgia – […]


Pro-PLA Legislation Moving in New Jersey. Will Gov. Christie Uphold his Campaign Pledge?

8 January 17, 2013  School Construction, State & Local Construction

Note: This post has been updated to include video of Fox News Channel story and NY Post editorial.

In New Jersey, legislation is moving quickly through the State Legislature that would expand the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) mandated by NJ government officials. Many wonder whether Gov. Christie will uphold his campaign pledge to oppose PLA mandates, or if election year politics and the recent outreach to Gov. Christie by organized labor will trump good policy.


PLA Requirement Rescinded on NJ Vine Street School Project

0 July 31, 2012  School Construction, State & Local Construction

There was an important story for taxpayers in Cumberland County, New Jersey last week, where freeholders voted to rescind a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) requirement for an upcoming project that would transform the Vine Street School into a new home for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office. Here are the highlights from The […]