Note: This post has been updated to include video of Fox News Channel story and NY Post editorial.
In New Jersey, legislation is moving quickly through the State Legislature that would expand the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) mandated by NJ government officials. Many wonder whether Gov. Christie will uphold his campaign pledge to oppose PLA mandates, or if election year politics and the recent outreach to Gov. Christie by organized labor will trump good policy.
In an outstanding letter to the editor published by the Trenton Times (“Building a Case Against PLAs,” 11/8/10), ABC New Jersey Chapter president Patrick Stewart lays out the facts about wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs). And interestingly enough, he gets some help from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Here […]
There is a new chapter in the public record of poor performance of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). Facing bid prices that were at least 35 percent higher than the proposed budget for the construction of a new town hall and library complex, the Moorestown Township Council decided to withdraw its requirement that all contractors […]
In a January 24 editorial, the Asbury Park Press reduced newly inaugurated Governor Chris Christie’s 88 point plan for New Jersey into 20 items the editorial board believes should be tackled immediately. Item #17 caught our attention: 17. End the use of project labor agreements, which drive up the cost of public construction projects. Here […]
At noon today, Chris Christie took the oath of office and became Governor of New Jersey. By electing a Republican in this blue state, voters sent a signal to state officials that they want a change. The people of New Jersey are no longer willing to accept high taxes and waste from their state government. […]
In a November 16 editorial titled, “Costly PLAs Must Be Ended,” the Asbury Park Press weighs in on the project labor agreement (PLA) controversy. The paper calls on Governor-elect Chris Christie to fulfill his campaign pledge to end the use of costly and discriminatory PLAs on public construction in New Jersey. Here is an excerpt: […]
Republican Chris Christie defeated incumbent Jon Corzine on Tuesday to become New Jersey’s next governor. According to the Washington Post, Christie, a former U.S. attorney who also made fighting corruption in state politics a theme of his campaign, finished with 48.8 percent of the vote to Corzine’s 44.6, a margin of almost 100,000 votes with […]