ABC Backs Bill Targeting Costly Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Schemes

1 March 15, 2017  Federal Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) issued a press release in support of Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) Fair and Open Competition Act (FOCA) (S. 622). As described in the press release below and in Senator Flake’s press release, S. 622 will prohibit federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from mandating project labor agreements (PLAs) or using PLA preferences during […]


Breaking: Michigan and Maine Legislatures Pass PLA Bans

2 June 29, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Today is a huge day for those who think free enterprise and open competition should determine how taxpayer-funded construction contracts are awarded in America. Lawmakers in Maine and Michigan passed bills that ban government-mandated PLAs on state funded construction.  Once they are signed into law, they will ensure that taxpayers get the best construction at the […]


House to Vote on Critical Amendment Promoting Project Labor Agreements Today. Oppose LaTourette Amendment Striking Section 415 of H.R. 2055.

3 June 13, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Military Construction (MilCon) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012 (H.R. 2055). Section 415 of H.R. 2055 ensures fair and open competition on federal construction contracts funded by this legislation. Specifically, it will prevent federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign […]


Support Scalise Amdt. to H.R. 2017 to Stop Mandated PLAs

0 June 2, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Today the U.S. House of Representatives is considering the Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2012 (H.R. 2017). Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) is offering an amendment (#67) to the bill that would restore fair and open competition on federal construction projects funded by this appropriations bill by prohibiting funds from implementing or enforcing President Obama’s pro-project […]


Tennessee Becomes the Latest State to Ban Government-Mandated PLAs

0 May 23, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

On Friday, May 20, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) signed HB 1498, which prohibits the use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on state and local construction projects. It also prohibits involuntary PLAs on projects that receive state financial support and bars local elected officials from enacting wage requirements that are higher than Tennessee’s prevailing […]


Coalition Supports Legislation Creating Fair And Open Competition For Federal Construction Contracts

0 May 3, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Jan. 25, Sen. David Vitter (R.-La.) introduced the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (S. 119) (pdf), a measure that will protect taxpayers and ensure fair and open competition on government construction contracts by prohibiting the government from mandating anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally assisted construction projects. Today, the following groups […]


San Diego County Supervisors Ban Project Labor Agreements

0 February 23, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, representing the sixth most populous county in the country, voted 5-0 today to ban project labor agreements (PLAs) on County construction projects.  On Mar. 2, 2010, the Supervisors will adopt the ordinance (second reading), adding section 428 to the County Administrative Code prohibiting the County from requiring PLAs […]


U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Senior Republican Member: Project Labor Agreements Offer Preview of Employee Free Choice Act

0 October 9, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Rep. John Kline, senior Republican member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, issued a press release warning Americans that the government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Center in Manchester, New Hampshire and Executive Order 13502 is the “evil twin” of the Employee Free Forced Choice […]


Take Action Against Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements in Federal Construction

1 June 1, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Take action to ensure fairness and eliminate government waste in federal construction contracting. Call or write your senators and representative to co-sponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (S. 90/H.R. 983), introduced Jan. 6 by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Feb. 11 by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.).  Click here to access ABC’s Grassroots Action Center. The Government […]