Anti-PLA Mandate Research

Cato Journal: Why Project Labor Agreements Are Not in the Public Interest

0 February 4, 2010  Federal Construction

A compelling article critical of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) by David G. Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research, appears in the current issue of the Cato Journal (Volume 30 Number 1, Winter 2010, “Are Unions Good for America?”). “Why Project Labor Agreements Are Not in the Public Interest” […]


New Report Finds PLA Pension Requirements Steal From Employee Paychecks, Harm Employers and Taxpayers

1 October 24, 2009  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

A new study supports a key argument frequently made by nonunion employers and employees against government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs): PLAs harm workers because they confiscate health and retirement benefits earned by nonunion employees working on PLA construction projects. An October 2009 report by Dr. John R. McGowan, “The Discriminatory Impact of Union Fringe Benefit […]


New Study Calls Federal Project Labor Agreements a Costly Solution in Search of a Problem

0 September 24, 2009  Federal Construction

A news release issued yesterday by the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) promotes a new study that is critical of federal government-mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  The study found that PLAs, which are encouraged on federal construction projects costing more than $25 million via President Obama’s Feb. 6 executive order, will “significantly increase construction […]


New Evidence Shows Project Labor Agreements Will Injure Competition

0 August 14, 2009  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

On July 15, 2009, ABC’s weekly electronic publication, Newsline, conducted an electronic poll of Newsline subscribers about the impact of government mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on bidding for public construction projects.  The poll remained open until July 22, 2009 and readers were asked to respond to this question:  “Would you be more likely or […]