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PLA Scheme Adopted at UMass: Governor Patrick and Big Labor Continue Cozy Relationship

0 June 16, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

As reported in the Boston Globe here and here, this week the UMass Building Authority board of directors voted for a project labor agreement (PLA) on the Boston campus’ master plan, a 10-year blueprint with an estimated $750 million in future construction projects.  The UMass Building Authority’s vote comes after Mass. Governor Deval Patrick pledged to unions that […]


Boston Globe Op-Ed: Obama Kowtows to Labor Unions with Project Labor Agreements

0 October 7, 2009  Federal Construction

An Op-Ed critical of President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502 by David G. Tuerck, chairman and professor of economics and executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute  (BHI) at Suffolk University, ran in today’s Boston Globe (“Obama Kowtows to Labor Unions,” 10/7).  Professor Tuerck, author of a new BHI study called “Project Labor Agreements […]


Boston Herald Opposes Project Labor Agreements

0 June 8, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Our post about the San Diego Union-Tribune’s anti-PLA editorial reminded me of an anti-PLA editorial published by the Boston Herald (“Stimulus for some,” 4/8/09) a few weeks prior to the launch of  The Herald’s excellent editorial came on the heels of an AP story about Mass. considering PLAs on projects funded by the federal stimulus […]