USACE Norfolk District PLA Survey for Joint Base Langley-Eustis Due Sept. 1

0 August 26, 2020  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a project at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell USACE government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase […]

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The District of Columbia Council Is Wasting Taxpayer Money on Project Labor Agreement Schemes

0 August 13, 2020  Featured, State & Local Construction

District of Columbia voters and businesses monitoring revenue shortfalls and proposed tax hikes in the D.C. Council’s FY2021 budget, passed July 23 and awaiting future action from Mayor Bowser, should be concerned about $50 million to $100 million in waste and increased costs resulting from a scheme by some D.C. Council members and construction trade […]

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NAVFAC and USACE Issue PLA Surveys in Virginia

0 July 16, 2020  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for multiple construction projects in Virginia. NAVFAC MID-ATLANTIC is soliciting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of a PLA for large scale, general construction […]

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Many Construction Industry Multiemployer Pension Plans Remain in Financial Distress

0 May 28, 2020  Featured

Merit shop contractors are typically wary of competing for taxpayer-funded construction contracts which are subject to government-mandated project labor agreements. Often their main concern is the viability of defined benefit multiemployer pension plans, which expose their businesses to potentially catastrophic MEPP liability. Information about the health of construction industry MEPPs provided by the U.S. Department of […]

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Virginia Delays Enactment of Prevailing Wage and PLA Mandate Laws Until May 2021

0 April 23, 2020  Featured, State & Local Construction

During its annual reconvene/veto session April 22, the Virginia General Assembly agreed with Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and delayed the effective date of two laws permitting prevailing wage and project labor agreement requirements on taxpayer-funded public works projects. The General Assembly originally sent these bills, passed via party line votes, to the desk of Gov. […]

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Virginia General Assembly Sends Project Labor Agreement and Prevailing Wage Legislation to Gov. Northam – Take Action

0 March 11, 2020  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

Virginia’s General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk that will needlessly increase the cost of taxpayer-funded public works construction projects, discourage competition from Virginia’s construction workforce and businesses. In addition, the legislation will steer contracts to out-of-state workers and firms instead of creating opportunities for certified small, women and minority contractors to […]

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USACE Baltimore District Project Labor Agreement Survey for Buckley AFB (CO) Due 3.12.20

0 March 10, 2020  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for construction work to recapitalize the existing medium voltage power generation and distribution system serving the Mission Support Group, Facilities, Logistics & Services Division, located on Buckley Air Force Base […]

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BLS: Just 12.6% of U.S. Construction Industry is Unionized

0 March 3, 2020  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual union members summary report published Jan. 22, 2020, union membership in the construction industry increased slightly in 2019. However, just 12.6% of wage and salary workers were members of unions in the U.S. private construction industry, a decrease from 12.8% in 2018. According to BLS data, […]

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USACE Mobile District Project Labor Agreement Surveys for Tyndall AFB Due Mar. 6 and Mar. 24

0 March 2, 2020  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District has issues two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) for design and construction of Site Development and Utilities Phases I and II as well the Airfield Drainage system located at Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, […]

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