Minority Contractors and Business Associations Take Leadership Role in Fighting Project Labor Agreements in California Coastal Cities

1 March 9, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Minority contractors and minority business associations in California are taking a political leadership role in Los Angeles and Oakland to oppose proposed project labor agreements (PLAs). LOS ANGELES COUNTY On March 1, 2011, Small Business United (SBU), described as “a coalition of small business groups and professional associations representing a diverse set of constituencies from […]


National Black Chamber of Commerce Attacks Union Barriers to Black Employment in Construction

1 November 5, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Harry Alford, National Black Chamber of Commerce president and frequent critic of discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) penned another column trashing PLAs that will run in numerous newspapers across the country this week. The piece attacks special interest schemes similar to PLAs that funnel taxpayer-funded construction jobs to union members and away from the […]


Congressional Testimony Says Project Labor Agreements Harm Minority Contractors and Employees

1 October 26, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

On Sept 22, the U.S. House  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Management, Organization, and Procurement held a hearing called, “Minority Contracting: Opportunities and Challenges for Current and Future Minority-Owned Businesses.” Testimony (pdf) of Anthony W. Robinson, president of the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF) pointed to union-favoring government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) as […]


Minority Contractor Speaks Out Against Proposed Baltimore City PLA Requirement

2 April 8, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Minority contractor Harold Scott speaks out against proposed legislation to require community partnership agreements, otherwise known as wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs), on Baltimore City construction projects worth over $5 million in an editorials titled, “Baltimore Bill Hurts Minority Workers,”  published April 7 by The Baltimore Sun. Here are the highlights: This bill […]


Bay Area Black Builders Push Back on Project Labor Agreements

0 December 1, 2009  State & Local Construction

Joseph Debro is president of a new organization, Bay Area Black Builders, composed of black construction workers and contractors fighting together for economic justice.  Mr. Debro writes about how building trades unions in his community, through project labor agreements (PLAs), serve as a barrier between black contractors and prosperity (“Jobs Now!” 12/28). The building trades unions have […]


Philadelphia National Association of Minority Contractors Blasts Project Labor Agreements

2 October 1, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

John Macklin, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors and vice president of the association’s northeast region, wrote an excellent Op-Ed in opposition to a project labor agreement (PLA) on the $400 million Graterford Prison expansion project. It ran in the print edition of the Philadelphia Daily News as well as the […]


Project Labor Agreements’ Dire Effect on Minority Contractors

0 September 21, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

In a September 9 entry on the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) blog openmarkets.org, CEI Editorial Director Ivan Osorio notes the negative impact of PLAs on job creation, especially for local residents and minority contractors.  The post also points out that this problem is likely to become more widespread thanks to President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, which […]