California Legislature Poised to Issue First Local PLA Mandate in State History

0 July 14, 2014  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

The California Legislature is set to break new ground and taxpayers should be very concerned. For the first time in state history, the Legislature is posed to require a local government entity to mandate a project labor agreement (PLA) on a local construction project. If Assembly Bill 155, sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D), is […]


NAVFAC Project Labor Agreement Survey For China Lake Project Due May 2

0 April 29, 2014  Federal Construction

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is requesting comments from the construction industry addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale design-build federal contract to reconstruct the primary runway and E-28 arresting gear foundations at Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California. Responses are due by 2 PM PST on Friday, May 2, 2014, to […]


USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for IDIQ Contracts at Edwards AFB Due Feb. 24

0 February 5, 2014  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Los Angeles District is soliciting comments from the federal construction community about the potential requirement of a project labor agreement (PLA) on federal Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to complete asphalt and concrete pavement repairs and new improvements at militarily installations at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, California, and other unspecified projects within the […]


Bad Wine: Sonoma County Approves PLA Requirement

0 January 30, 2014  State & Local Construction

After months of consideration, the Sonoma County California Board of Supervisors voted this week to approve a policy mandating the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on county projects of $10 million or more. The discussion about whether the county should require PLAs on its construction projects started in 2012, but Sonoma […]


Construction Fatalities and Protest by Minority Contracting Community Plague New 49ers Stadium Project

2 October 15, 2013  Featured, State & Local Construction

Construction of the San Francisco 49ers’ $1.2 billion Levi’s stadium, subject to a controversial government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA), has been plagued by two fatal jobsite accidents and a protest by a coalition of community groups and activists outraged by the lack of construction contracts awarded to minority businesses. PLA advocates claim anti-competitive and costly PLA schemes promote safe jobsites and […]


$1 Billion Airport Expansion in San Diego More Evidence that the Merit Shop Works

0 August 14, 2013  Transportation & Infrastructure

The merit shop construction community in Southern California again demonstrated this week they can create value for taxpayers without wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs). On Tuesday, the $1 billion expansion of San Diego’s Lindbergh Field opened to the public.  This project was completed on time, under budget, created thousands of jobs, resulted in […]


Another Accident on a Project Labor Agreement Jobsite: OSHA Investigating Construction Fatality on New 49ers Stadium

3 June 18, 2013  State & Local Construction

A tragic construction accident on a California project subject to a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) claimed a life last week. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, on June 11, 2013, an elevator mechanic was killed at the new 49ers stadium construction site in Santa Clara, Calif., (“49ers stadium accident kills worker,” 6/11/13): An elevator mechanic was killed […]


ABC California Critical of California High Speed Rail’s Union-Favoring Project Labor Agreement

4 May 29, 2013  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

At yesterday’s United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials field hearing in Madera, California, on the federally assisted California High Speed Rail project, ABC California submitted a statement for the record and issued a press release in opposition to the union-favoring project labor agreement (PLA) required by the California High Speed […]


Merit Shop Contractors Deliver Award-Winning Large-Scale Federal Project For NAVFAC

1 May 14, 2013  Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

A joint venture (JV) between two quality merit shop federal contractors, Straub Construction, Inc. and Martin Harris Construction, successfully designed and built a parking facility and Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.  This large-scale design/build federal project, […]