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 […]


Missouri Unions Don’t Want State Officials To Enforce The Law

1 November 17, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A group of building and construction trade unions has filed a motion to intervene in the ABC Heart of America Chapter’s lawsuit to force Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to enforce the 2007 “Fairness in Public Construction Act,” which prohibits government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on public projects. Here’s a glimpse […]


ABC Heart Of America Chapter Files Lawsuit To Force Missouri To Enforce Anti-PLA State Law

1 November 6, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The ABC Heart of America Chapter has filed a lawsuit to force the Missouri state government to enforce the Fairness in Public Construction Act.  This 2007 act essentially prohibits state and local government entities from mandating the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded contraction. The ABC lawsuit claims that recent government-mandated PLAs utilized […]


National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Challenges Proposition S PSA Requirement

0 October 14, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is getting more resistance to their effort to discriminate against the vast majority of California’s private construction workforce that decided not to join a labor union. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has filed a claim against the SDUSD arguing that the project stabilization agreement (PSA […]


Missouri School District Bait-and-Switch Wastes $20,000 and May Have Violated State Law

1 September 2, 2009  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The September 1 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal reports that the Heart of America Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors sent letters to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Attorney General Chris Koster (D) officially requesting that they launch an investigation into the Bayless School District’s procurement practices.  Here is the rundown of the situation from […]


San Diego Proposition S News: Contractor Group Files Lawsuit Against Wasteful and Discriminatory Government-Mandated PLA on Proposition S Projects AND Unified School District Board Forced to Approve Second PLA

0 August 3, 2009  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Associated General Contractors (AGC) – San Diego filed a lawsuit July 30 against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). The suit claims that provisions in the project stabilization agreement (a PLA by another name) approved by the School Board prevent non-union apprentices from working on projects funded by the $2.1 billion voter-approved Proposition S bond and amount to discrimination.   In […]