Fair and Open Competition Act

U.S. Lawmakers Voice Concerns with Biden’s Project Labor Agreement Mandates on Federal and Federally Assisted Construction Projects

0 September 29, 2022  Federal Construction

Congress has been busy holding President Biden accountable for inflationary and controversial policies benefiting union donors following the Biden administration’s Feb. 4 release of Executive Order 14063 and the related Aug. 19 FAR Council proposed rule to require project labor agreements on federal construction contracts of $35 million or more. The communications from lawmakers also […]

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Governors and Congressional Leaders Oppose Biden’s Project Labor Agreement Mandate Policies, Advocate for Fair and Open Competition

0 April 27, 2022  Federal Construction

On April 26, 18 GOP Governors sent a letter to the White House in opposition to President Biden’s Executive Order 14063 requiring federal construction contracts of $35 million or more to be subjected to project labor agreements. “As governors, we support policies that ensure robust competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects that welcome all of America’s construction industry […]

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Coalition Supports the Fair and Open Competition Act in Letter to Congress Opposing Project Labor Agreement Mandates

0 February 23, 2022  Federal Construction

On Feb. 23, ABC and a coalition of 19 associations and organizations representing the construction industry and business community sent Congress a letter of support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 403/H.R. 1284), sponsored by Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind. and Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C. The Fair and Open Competition Act would prevent federal agencies and […]

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Coalition To President Biden: Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Reduce Competition, Raise Costs on Taxpayer-Funded Construction

1 March 12, 2021  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works

On March 5, ABC and a coalition of 14 industry and employer groups sent a letter to President Biden raising concerns about the expansion of policies encouraging or mandating project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction projects. ABC and the coalition are monitoring Biden administration executive actions, federal agency policies and legislation introduced in the 117th Congress that […]

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Diverse Coalition Supports Fair and Open Competition Legislation, Opposes Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

2 February 25, 2021  Featured, Federal Construction

ABC and a diverse coalition of 17 construction industry and business associations sent a letter to the U.S. House and Senate in strong support of the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1284/S. 403), which was introduced Feb. 24 by Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.). An ABC  Feb. 24 ABC press release applauded the introduction […]

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ABC Applauds Bill to Increase Fair and Open Competition on Taxpayer-Funded Construction Contracts

0 February 25, 2021  Featured, Federal Construction

ABC issued a Feb. 24 press release in support of the Fair and Open Competition Act. ABC Applauds Bill to Increase Fair and Open Competition on Taxpayer-funded Construction Contracts WASHINGTON, Feb. 24—Associated Builders and Contractors today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1284/S. 403), which was introduced today by […]

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2020 Update: ABC’s Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 September 22, 2020  Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

In February 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis and permits recipients of federal assistance to mandate PLAs on state and local public works projects. Many merit shop advocates and public policy professionals predicted […]

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Virginia Considers Legislation Requiring Project Labor Agreements and Prevailing Wage on Public Works Construction

0 February 10, 2020  State & Local Construction

Legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly will lead to tax hikes or fewer public works construction projects procured by the Commonwealth’s state and local governments. In addition, it will needlessly increase construction costs and steer contracts to out-of-state unionized businesses and unionized workers at the expense of Virginia’s construction industry.

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Op-Ed Offers Solution to Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Problem

0 June 27, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

The Hill published an op-ed by ABC CEO and President Michael Bellaman laying out three key policy recommendations for Congress and the Trump administration to enact in order to continue the construction industry’s positive economic growth (“Time for Cogress to bolster Trump’s roadmap for rebuilding America,” 6/27/18). The op-ed is part of ABC’s one powerful […]

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Coalition Asks President Trump To Let All Americans Rebuild U.S. Infrastructure

2 January 30, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

Politico’s Morning Transportation reports that Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and a coalition of 13 other construction and business associations sent President Trump a Jan. 24, 2018, letter urging the administration to eliminate government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally assisted projects, allowing all qualified contractors and Americans to fairly compete to build and […]

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