USACE Evaluates Project Labor Agreements on Four Federal Projects in Kentucky

0 October 26, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently issued surveys requesting feedback from the construction industry about the potential use of project labor agreements (PLAs) for four federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total costs at Ft Campbell, Ky. ABC members and construction professionals are encouraged to respond to the PLA surveys. Tell […]


Another PLA Myth Busted: PLAs Fail to Prevent Strikes on NYC Projects

2 August 2, 2011  Featured, State & Local Construction

Construction unions market project labor agreements (PLAs) to public and private construction owners as a tool to guarantee labor peace on construction projects. But recent examples of strikes and walkouts on PLA projects in NYC and other areas across the U.S. call into question the value of these anti-competitive schemes designed steer contracts to union contractors and union […]


Indiana House Democrats Blocking Open Competition for Public Construction

0 March 14, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

While much of the national media attention has focused on Wisconsin, lawmakers in Indiana have also fled across state lines to keep the newly elected majority in the state House of Representatives from having the opportunity to conduct the people’s business. In Indiana, the Democrats initially left town over proposed Right-to-Work legislation, which would have […]


State Open Competition Legislation on the Move

0 January 30, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Legislation promoting fair and open competition is gaining momentum in several state capitals. The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee approved legislation on Jan. 26 that would prohibit state agencies and recipients of state grants from mandating the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on state funded projects. The bill, S.B. 1006, will […]


Indy Star Letter to the Editor: Provide Equal Opportunity

0 February 3, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The outcry over wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) continues in Indiana.  The Indianapolis Star published yet another letter to the editor in response to their article, “An Ailing Process,” published on January 24. This most recent letter, titled, “Provide Equal Opportunity,” was published February 2. Provide Equal Opportunity Thank you for the Jan. […]


Project Labor Agreements: Quality Isn’t Real Issue

0 January 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The public outcry over wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) in Indiana is picking up steam.  The Indianapolis Star published an outstanding letter to the editor from a Zionsville resident in today’s paper. Project labor agreements: Quality isn’t real issue In regard to Ted Evanoff’s article Jan. 24, “An ailing process,” I believe the […]


An Ailing Process Indeed

1 January 25, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) continue to garner public attention in Indiana, as Wishard Health Services prepares to go forward with a PLA on approximately $750 million in hospital renovations at their Marion County facility. The latest PLA-related story titled, “An Ailing Process,” comes courtesy of the January 24 Indianapolis Star. Here are […]


The PLA Fight Moves to Indiana

2 January 15, 2010  State & Local Construction

The latest salvo in the fight for common sense – as opposed to union favoritism – to drive public construction contracting is taking place in Indiana, where state lawmakers have introduced legislation to end wasteful and discriminatory government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on state and state funded construction once and for all. The bill (H.B. […]