Minnesota

Project Labor Agreement Mandate Scheme Rejected by Minnesota School Board

0 March 16, 2016  School Construction, Uncategorized

ABC continues to push back against costly and inefficient government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) at the local level. This week, the Farmington School Board in Minnesota voted 4-1 to reject a PLA requirement for its upcoming school construction and repair projects. Last fall the voters of Farmington approved a $45 million referendum for these projects. […]

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Rochester City Council Approves PLA for Mayo Civic Center Renovation

0 July 24, 2014  State & Local Construction

With little public notice, the Rochester, Minn., City Council in early July approved a project labor agreement (PLA) requirement for the $85 million Mayo Civic Center renovation project. Bob Heise, president of Associated Builders and Contractors Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter, nicely summed up the negative reaction of the construction industry in an op-ed published by the Rochester […]

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Construction Worker Killed at St. Paul Stadium Subject to Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement

1 October 15, 2013  Featured, State & Local Construction

Last month, a slab of concrete tragically killed a construction worker operating a backhoe during the demolition phase of construction on the future site of the $63 million St. Paul Saints ballpark, according to the St. Paul Tribune (“Falling concrete kills worker at new St. Paul ballpark site,” 9/11/13): Valek was an employee of Rachel Contracting of St. Michael, […]

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USACE Issues PLA Survey Due Jan. 22 for River Project in North Dakota and Minnesota

0 January 15, 2013  Federal Construction

The USACE St. Paul District has issued a questionnaire requesting feedback from the construction industry about a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for upcoming work on the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell the USACE that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase […]

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PLA Laws in the States: Some Say NO to Project Labor Agreements, Others CAVE to Union Pressure

0 May 8, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

While the federal government is tripping over itself to give handouts to Big Labor by encouraging government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million, several states have enacted legislation or issued executive orders rejecting wasteful and anti-competitive PLAs.  Since 1995, five states now prohibit government-mandated PLAs on public construction projects.  Leaders in […]

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