Brett McMahon

More Required Reading: April 14 Media on Obama’s Project Labor Agreement Final Rule

2 April 14, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The public continues to cover the Obama administration’s controversial final rule encouraging federal agencies to require project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects costing more than $25 million. It’s a sop to Big Labor that is sure to increase construction costs, cut competition and inject some Chicago-style cronyism into the federal construction procurement process. A Washington […]


More on Big Labor’s Pension Bailout Scheme

1 March 25, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

There is an interesting piece in today’s Washington Times that examines how poorly performing union pension plans are at the heart of Big Labor’s support for health care reform and push for government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally-funded construction projects  (“Unions Want Washington’s Help With Pension Funds,” 3/25/10). Nonunion workers and private companies could be forced into absorbing the […]


Iowa’s Mickelson In The Morning Show Covers PLAs

0 March 1, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Jan Mickelson from the Mickelson in the Morning show, Iowa’s most popular daily talk show, discusses Governor Chet Culver’s Executive Order 22, encouraging state agencies to consider project labor agreements (PLAs) on state construction, with Brett McMahon, vice president of Miller & Long, a concrete construction subcontractor, and a member of the Associated Builders and […]


PLAs Help Increase Construction Union Membership

0 February 26, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Daily Caller published an opinion piece today by Brett McMahon, vice president of Miller & Long, a concrete construction subcontractor, based in Bethesda, Md., and a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (“State of the unions: Not good,” 2/26/10) that discusses how Big Labor is turning to their political chums to implement policies that […]


They Built Executive Order 13502 On False Premises

0 February 13, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

CNSnews published a story yesterday providing some insight into President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502 from Brett McMahon, vice-president of ABC member Miller&Long Concrete Construction (“Construction Industry Opposes Obama Pro-Union Order,” 2/12/10).   It’s a little misleading to say the entire construction industry opposes the order. Certainly union contractors and 14.5 percent of the […]


More on Executive Order 13502 Anniversary

0 February 9, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

There is an article about the year anniversary of President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502 over at the American Spectator Blog by Kevin Mooney (“Obama Order Locking Out Non-Union Construction Companies Marks One Year Anniversary,” 2/8/10). We briefly discussed this “Milestone Worth Not Celebrating” yesterday, and Mooney’s article argues that Executive Order […]


More Coverage of Big Labor’s Big Bailout

1 January 27, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller has an excellent piece on some special interest pie baking in the ovens of the Obama administration and Congressional leadership (“Cadillac Compromise May Breathe New Life to Card Check,” 1/27/10). Of course, one of the key ingredients is President Obama’s pro-government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502:   Recent developments are […]


Union Giveaways That Will Hit Your Wallet

0 January 26, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The Washington Times ran an Op-Ed by Brett McMahon, vice-president of ABC member Miller & Long Concrete Construction, documenting a number of backroom deals that the White House and Congress cut with Big Labor that will harm private sector job creation and small businesses while giving Big Labor a big advantage (“Yet Another Reason to Oppose Obamacare: Union Giveaways That […]


Washington Times: Obama Union Push Stymies Contractors

2 December 27, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Yesterday we raised concerns about dual bidding experiments utilized by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that will determine whether or not PLAs are appropriate on a pilot program of ten federal construction projects.  Today the Washington Times wrote about one of the GSA pilot projects in Washington, D.C. – the Lafayette Building on 811 Vermont Avenue – […]


Project Labor Agreements and Employee Free Choice Act: Union Payoffs

0 October 13, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The cover story of World Magazine investigates how unions are looking for payback “after doling out $450 million in 2008 to elect Democrats in Washington” (“Bargaining Hunting,” 10/24 edition). Emily Belz uses the controversy surrounding the discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the new U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Center in […]