Op-Ed

County Hospitals Are Prime Targets for Project Labor Agreements: Ventura County is the Latest in California

1 March 6, 2012  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The first government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) in California (following the Boston Harbor decision at the U.S. Supreme Court) was imposed in the spring of 1994 by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors for a county hospital construction project. Last year, unions managed to squeak out (on a 3-2 vote) their first PLA for […]

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Strong Opposition Quickly Emerges to Union-Backed California Bills Suppressing Local Project Labor Agreement Bans

1 September 9, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

California State Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez took a bill about tuberculosis screening (Senate Bill 922) on the afternoon of Friday, September 2 and turned it into a bill that nullifies current and future Project Labor Agreement bans at local governments and cuts off state funds for charter cities that […]

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Is Union-only the Best Way to “Rebuild the Dream?”

1 August 10, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Michelle Malkin has a new piece exposing disgraced Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones’ latest attempt to advocate for policies that tilt the scales for construction workers with union cards when competing for federal construction. Here are the highlights with our emphasis added: The problem, posits [Van] Jones, is that his fellow community organizer […]

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Project Labor Agreements on California School Construction Raise Costs up to 15 Percent, Study Says

0 July 27, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction

According to a new study released by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR), California school construction projects built using project labor agreements (PLAs) experienced increased costs of 13 percent to 15 percent, or $28.90 to $32.49 per square foot, compared to projects that did not use a PLA. Measuring the Cost of […]

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Indiana House Democrats Blocking Open Competition for Public Construction

0 March 14, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

While much of the national media attention has focused on Wisconsin, lawmakers in Indiana have also fled across state lines to keep the newly elected majority in the state House of Representatives from having the opportunity to conduct the people’s business. In Indiana, the Democrats initially left town over proposed Right-to-Work legislation, which would have […]

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Op-Ed: PLAs Really are Nothing More than Handouts

0 February 4, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In an outstanding op-ed, Marci Miller of the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors tells the truth about wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs): they are nothing more than special interest handouts that deprive taxpayers of the accountability they deserve on public contracts. Here is an excerpt from the Rochester Business Journal […]

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Los Angeles is Laboring Under Greenmail

1 January 19, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The January 17 Los Angeles Business Journal includes an opinion piece (Laboring Under ‘Greenmail’) by thetruthaboutPLAs.com blogger Kevin Dayton of Associated Builders and Contractors of California explaining that Los Angeles-based construction unions are exploiting the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other environmental laws to hold up permits until the private developers of proposed projects […]

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