National Black Chamber of Commerce

Nevada’s Anti-Free Enterprise Lawmakers Rescind Fair and Open Competition Law

0 May 29, 2019  Featured, State & Local Construction

On May 28, 2019, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed a bill (SB 231) that will hurt Nevada’s taxpayers and construction industry by reinstating controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on certain Nevada public works projects. SB 231 repealed a 2015 law (AB 159) passed by the then GOP-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Sandoval (R). […]

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Coalition Asks President Trump To Let All Americans Rebuild U.S. Infrastructure

2 January 30, 2018  Featured, Federal Construction

Politico’s Morning Transportation reports that Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and a coalition of 13 other construction and business associations sent President Trump a Jan. 24, 2018, letter urging the administration to eliminate government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally assisted projects, allowing all qualified contractors and Americans to fairly compete to build and […]

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Coalition to Congress: Cosponsor Bill Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 14, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

A diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives April 13 opposing government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and anti-competitive PLA preferences used by federal agencies as a result of President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and related regulations. The letter asks lawmakers to cosponsor the Government Neutrality […]

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Victory: The U.S. Senate Opposes Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

4 March 26, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

Vote-A-Rama, the U.S. Senate’s annual version of March Madness, gives senators a chance to offer unlimited amendments and votes to the Senate’s budget resolution. Traditionally, senators seek proxy votes on a variety of legislative priorities, and try to put their counterparts across the aisle into some difficult political positions. Today, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate passed […]

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Coalition to Senate: Stop Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 February 25, 2015  Featured, Federal Construction

A diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and anti-competitive PLA preferences used by federal agencies as a result of President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and related regulations. The letter asks lawmakers to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting […]

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ABC and National Black Chamber of Commerce Form Alliance to Promote Free Enterprise

0 March 11, 2014  Featured

TheTruthAboutPLAs.com readers know The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has been a long-time advocate of fair and open competition in government contracting. Harry Alford, NBCC President and CEO, has been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to require PLAs, on a case-by-case basis, on federal construction […]

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Jersey City Project Labor Agreement Policies Fail to Deliver Local Jobs

1 January 28, 2014  Featured, State & Local Construction

Jersey City residents are upset jobs on construction projects subject to government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are not going to local minority residents, despite promises made by unions and lawmakers promoting PLAs. A video, Jersey City Need Not Apply, released last week by the Jersey City Political Action Committee (JCPAC), documents how Jersey City policies […]

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National Black Chamber of Commerce Blasts Lack of Diversity in Construction Trade Unions

2 July 29, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Earlier this month, the National Black Chamber of Commerce penned an open letter to U.S. Representative Marica Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, claiming construction unions have “consistently discriminated against Black workers and contractors” and are “a prime contributor to Black unemployment”  (“Strange Bedfellows – Unions and Black Politicians“): “We are very disturbed that elected officials […]

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Coalition to Congress: Restrict Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 16, 2013  Featured, Federal Construction

Today a diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups sent letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in opposition to government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and anti-competitive PLA preferences used by federal agencies as a result of President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and related regulations. The letters ask lawmakers […]

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First Project under Prince George’s County’s New Pro-PLA Policy a Disaster

0 June 27, 2012  State & Local Construction

Prince George’s County’s first attempt to implement a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandate under a November 15, 2011, policy (read the Prince George’s County press release on the policy here) is poised to be a costly disaster for county residents. Bids have been submitted for a fire station construction project in Brandywine, Md., […]

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