Baltimore

PLA Mandate Legislation Introduced in Baltimore City Council

0 February 25, 2020  Featured, State & Local Construction

As reported last month in the Baltimore Sun (“Baltimore Council bill would require union agreements before contractors win major city projects,” 1/27/20), a bill introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilmember Shannon Sneed and Council President Brandon Scott would make sweeping changes to the City of Baltimore’s procurement laws. The proposed ordinance, File 20-0488, […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for Baltimore to District of Columbia Corridor Due Oct. 23

0 October 14, 2014  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing potential government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction contracts to build unspecified large-scale federal projects within the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The USACE Baltimore District issued a similar PLA survey in previous years and has not required a PLA on a contract. This […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for Washington-Baltimore Corridor Contracts Due Dec. 4

0 November 26, 2013  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District issued a survey requesting feedback from the construction industry about potential government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on unspecified large-scale federal construction contracts within the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The USACE Baltimore District issued a similar PLA survey in January 2013. In response, TheTruthAboutPLAs.com documented how government-mandated PLAs in the Washington, D.C., and […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for Aberdeen Proving Ground Lab Construction Due June 4

0 May 22, 2013  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District issued a survey requesting feedback from the construction industry about including a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) in a solicitation for a federal contract to build a 279,574 square-foot multi-story replacement medical research laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. To review and respond to the survey, click here. […]

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Due Jan. 14: Responses to USACE PLA Survey for Large-Scale Baltimore-Washington Area Projects

0 January 8, 2013  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District has issued a survey requesting feedback from the construction industry about a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for unspecified large-scale construction and renovation projects within the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., corridor. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to tell the USACE that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, […]

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Project Labor Agreements and Big Labor Fail at Local Job Creation

5 August 5, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Big Labor bosses and government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) advocates frequently claim that PLAs are the only way to guarantee local hire on construction projects funded by tax dollars. Of course, this is another myth promoted by special interests to convince lawmakers and taxpayers that there is a public benefit to anti-competitive and costly PLA […]

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Baltimore Community Partnership Agreement (PLA) Bill Gets a Hearing

0 July 30, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Baltimore City Council held a hearing Thursday, July 29 to examine local legislation (Bill 10-0455) that would require community partnership agreements – also known as wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) – on all construction projects costing more than $5 million and that have some form of city financial support. Here is an […]

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Baltimore City Solicitor Opposes Baltimore Project Labor Agreement Ordinance

0 July 23, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

“For the reasons listed above, the Law Department does not approve the bill for form and legal sufficiency.” That is the legal opinion of Ashley H. Brown, Baltimore’s Assistant Attorney Solicitor, on controversial legislation (Bill No. 10-0455) before the Baltimore City Council that would require the city to include government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) in all contracts for construction projects with a total […]

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ABC Chapter President Sheds Some Light on the PLA Issue

0 April 19, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Baltimore chapter president Mike Henderson shares his thoughts on wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on The Ron Smith Show on Baltimore’s 1090AM WBAL radio. The interview is available here. Mike addressed both the Obama Administration’s release of rules to implement Executive Order 13502, which encourages the use of […]

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“The Unions Make Out, But the Rest of Us Don’t”

0 April 12, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Baltimore Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors released a new radio ad criticizing Councilman Bill Henry’s proposed legislation to require community partnership agreements, wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements or PLAs by another name, on all city supported projects costing over $5 million. The ad is right on point. This bill won’t create jobs […]

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