USACE Kansas City District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due August 11

0 August 9, 2017  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on Phase 1 of the replacement of the General Leonard Wood Area Community Hospital facilities at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit […]


Missouri Passes Law Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 May 31, 2017  State & Local Construction

Yesterday Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Mo.) signed legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Missouri taxpayers. SB 182, the Fairness in Public Construction Act, ensures controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that almost three […]


Department of Veterans Affairs Project Labor Agreement Survey For St. Louis VA Medical Center Due July 17

0 July 14, 2015  Federal Construction

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Construction and Facilities Management has issued a survey requesting information from the contracting community about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal contract for site improvements and rehabilitation of the VA Medical Center in St. Louis. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit […]


Veterans Affairs PLA Survey for St. Louis VA Medical Center Project Due Dec. 27

0 December 21, 2012  Federal Construction

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Construction & Facilities Management issued a six question survey requesting feedback from the construction industry about a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for the large-scale construction of Clinic and Tenant Buildings at the Jefferson Barracks Division VA Medical Center in St. Louis. TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting […]


Sacramento Publically-Owned Utility Lets Staff Make Key Contracting Decisions – Including PLA Mandates – with No Board or Ratepayer Scrutiny

1 September 3, 2010  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

Last night (September 2), the board of directors of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) had an unexpected and unscheduled hour-long inquiry into its contracting practices, including district mandates for contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) with unions in order to work on two specific large projects.  We learned that the elected board of […]


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 […]


ABC Member Discusses Project Labor Agreements on KRMS News Talk 1150 Radio

0 November 3, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Greg Hoberock, President of ABC member hth Companies in Union, Missouri, discussed discriminatory and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) and Executive Order 13502 with Michael McSorley on KRMS News Talk 1150 “Morning Mag” on 10/28.  Scroll down and click on the rebroadcast titled, “October 28th, 2009: Greg Hoberock on Project Labor Agreements” for an interesting perspective on PLAs.  Mr. […]


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 […]