Biden Stimulus Plan Pushes Costly Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 1, 2021  Featured, Federal Construction

On March 31, the Biden administration released the American Jobs Plan, which proposes more than $2 trillion in federal spending over the next eight years to improve the nation’s infrastructure, including investments in transportation, broadband, energy, and drinking water as well as funding for schools and child-care facilities, affordable housing, workforce development and manufacturing. Of […]


California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Mandating the Use of PLA

0 October 2, 2014  Transportation & Infrastructure

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) this week signed legislation designed to expedite the construction of a critical water infrastructure project in the Salinas Valley. Unfortunately, provisions in the bill require the authority procuring the project to mandate the use of a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA). As a result, the local agency has decided […]


They Want it All: Juneau Project without PLA Mandate Disturbs Labor Unions

1 October 22, 2013  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

Construction union bosses in Juneau, Alaska, want all publicly funded projects to be subject to wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates, and they are not shy about voicing their objections when someone ignores their demands and allows fair and open competition for public projects, as did Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil. The Associated […]


Another Successful Project Built By Merit Shop Contractor Without a PLA

0 July 11, 2012  Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

Kudos to Western Water Constructors, Inc. for successfullly completing a $54.5 million wasterwater treatment plant for the Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) in Oakley, Calif., on-time, on-budget and with an exemplary safety record. This large infrastructure project was completed without an anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) and provided value to ISD users and […]