Las Vegas

Nevada Court Declares Project Labor Agreement to be Favoritism: Strikes Down Mandate for Contractors to Sign with Unions to Build $17 Million Las Vegas Prison

1 August 17, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

On August 15, State of Nevada District Court Judge Jerry Wiese ruled that a project labor agreement (PLA) imposed on contractors by the elected Clark County Board of Commissioners for a $17 million prison project in Las Vegas violated the state’s competitive bidding laws. The Nevada Supreme Court has asked Judge Wiese to evaluate the […]


Project Labor Agreements and Big Labor Fail at Local Job Creation

5 August 5, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Big Labor bosses and government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) advocates frequently claim that PLAs are the only way to guarantee local hire on construction projects funded by tax dollars. Of course, this is another myth promoted by special interests to convince lawmakers and taxpayers that there is a public benefit to anti-competitive and costly PLA […]


Project Labor Agreements Don’t Guarantee a Local Workforce

1 May 21, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

When Big Labor claims project labor agreements (PLAs) guarantee a local workforce, challenge that assertion.  Inquire and request documentation explaining the local union hall’s policy on “travelers” or “boomers” and ask elected officials in charge of construction projects to have local union halls submit their policy in writing.  Typically, union collective bargaining agreements and PLAs give out-of-area travelers/boomers […]


Las Vegas Review Journal: Why Embrace This Costly Union Pipe Dream?

0 August 21, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In an outstanding editorial, the Las Vegas Review Journal has come out against a proposed Clark County requirement that PLAs be utilized on all county construction projects over $100,000.  The editorial points out that PLAs increase construction costs, limit competition and hurt small women and minority-owned businesses. The last line of this editorial sums up […]


Is Vegas going PLA?

0 August 19, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Remember when Vegas construction unions were willing to gamble with union pension funds to secure union-only PLAs on public projects?  That effort failed so now they are turning to their political friends to secure union-only contracts. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Clark County Commissioners are reviewing a policy that would require discriminatory and costly project labor agreements […]


Vegas Laborers Union Gambles with Union Pension Fund to Build a Union-Only Project

3 July 27, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A Las Vegas Sun article demonstrates how the Laborers Union Local #872 is willing to gamble with their union’s pension fund in order to secure a union-only project labor agreement (PLA) on a new Las Vegas city hall (“Old Vegas-style financing offered for city hall,” 7/17). A spokesman for Laborers Local 872 said the union hopes to […]