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U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Center Opening Demonstrates Value Of Open Competition

0 October 26, 2015  Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its $32 million Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H. The on-time and on-budget delivery of the federal project is a reminder of the benefits of fair and open competition, free from anti-competitive and costly union-favoring project labor agreement (PLA) mandates. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com readers […]

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Union’s Criticism Misses Mark on U.S. Department of Labor’s New Hampshire Job Corps Center Project Labor Agreement Scheme

0 September 3, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

During Labor Day weekend, two New Hampshire newspapers ran pieces critical of New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council President Pat Casey’s Op-Ed attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) and the merit shop contracting community for their opposition to an anti-competitive and costly union-favoring government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Manchester, N.H., […]

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Taxpayers Win Big Without Federal Project Labor Agreement on New Hampshire Job Corps Center

1 April 24, 2013  Federal Construction

Taxpayers will save more than $6 million on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Manchester, New Hampshire, Job Corps Center project thanks to the benefits of fair and open competition free from anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). This important example of a federal project bid with and without a PLA requirement undermines […]

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The Top 10 Stories of 2012

0 January 16, 2013  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Happy New Year from TheTruthAboutPLAs.com In 2012, construction industry advocates of fair and open competition in public contracting defied a difficult political environment and economy to create more opportunities for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees. President Obama’s Feb. 6, 2009, Executive Order 13502 encouraging federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) […]

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Update: Manchester’s U.S. DOL Job Corps Center To Proceed Free From Project Labor Agreement Scheme

1 October 19, 2012  Federal Construction

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed the elimination of a controversial project labor agreement (PLA) mandate on its estimated $35 million Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H., when it issued a solicitation yesterday for construction services without discriminatory and costly PLA mandate or preference requirements. The Associated Press picked up this story, which will run […]

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Victory: Manchester’s U.S. DOL Job Corps Center To Proceed Free From Project Labor Agreement Scheme

0 October 9, 2012  Federal Construction

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed the elimination of a controversial project labor agreement (PLA) mandate on its estimated $20 million to $50 million Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H., when it issued a pre-solicitation for construction services without discriminatory and costly PLA mandate or preference language. When mandated by government entities, […]

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The Merit Shop Goes to Washington

1 July 9, 2012  Federal Construction

Members of the merit shop contracting community, welcome to Washington, DC, and ABC’s 2012 Legislative Conference. If you are here, you already understand the importance’s of ABC’s motto, “Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business!” As construction industry leaders, you will be talking with your peers and lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the negative […]

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ABC Declares Victory as Federal Government Withdraws Project Labor Agreement

1 June 4, 2012  Federal Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is declaring victory in its fight for open competition and taxpayer value on federal construction projects.  ABC issued the following press release earlier today: ABC DECLARES VICTORY AS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced another victory in its fight against government-mandated […]

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Labor Secretary Solis Promotes Project Labor Agreements at Big Labor’s Infamous Hotel Boondoggle

1 November 22, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

It is no secret that U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis supports anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects. On Nov. 9, 2010, Solis made these remarks in support of PLAs and President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing […]

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Manchester’s Stalled Federal Job Corps Center Raised in New Hampshire Gubernatorial Campaign

0 June 25, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) cancelled its solicitation Nov. 2009 for bids to construct a new Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H. The solicitation contained a crony contracting scheme called a project labor agreement (PLA) that would funnel construction contracts to unionized contractors. It was the first time a federal agency attempted a government-mandated PLA on a federal construction project since […]

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