Berks County, Pa., Commission Bans PLA Mandates on County Projects

0 June 20, 2014  State & Local Construction

On Thursday, June 19, the Berks County, Pa., Commission passed an ordinance that prohibits the county from requiring contractors to enter into a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) as a condition of performing work on public construction projects. Additionally, this ordinance prohibits the county from providing financial support for projects subject to PLA mandates.


Santa Fe Struggles to Implement CWA Mandate; Will Likely Delay Requirement’s Effective Date

0 June 13, 2012  State & Local Construction

Readers of this blog remember that earlier this year the Santa Fe City Council adopted a policy that requires the use of community workforce agreements (CWA) – a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) by another name – on all city projects costing more than $500,000. Since this requirement was adopted, the city negotiated […]


Editorial: City Council Should be in No Hurry to Enact Dubious Labor Measure

0 December 9, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Big Labor’s effort to impose a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandate in Lorain, OH hit a roadblock this week when the City Council’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee refused to send the proposal to the full council on Monday, Dec. 6. This was a big win for local taxpayers, but it might only […]


Another Community Bans Wasteful and Discriminatory PLAs!

0 November 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Another community has said no to Big Labor handouts and higher costs for taxpayer funded construction.  The City Council of  Lewisville, Texas voted 5-0 to prohibit the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on city funded work.  Text for the ordinance is based on the Chula Vista, California ballot initiative to prohibit government-mandated PLAs, which was approved by […]


San Diego’s Major Newspaper Reports on Proposition A to Prohibit Project Labor Agreements

0 October 27, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The October 26, 2010 San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the issues concerning Proposition A, a measure on the November 2, 2010 ballot that would amend the charter (constitution) of San Diego County to prohibit the county from entering into contracts that require its construction contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) with construction unions.  The article […]


Baltimore Community Partnership Agreement (PLA) Bill Gets a Hearing

0 July 30, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Baltimore City Council held a hearing Thursday, July 29 to examine local legislation (Bill 10-0455) that would require community partnership agreements – also known as wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) – on all construction projects costing more than $5 million and that have some form of city financial support. Here is an […]


Baltimore City Solicitor Opposes Baltimore Project Labor Agreement Ordinance

0 July 23, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

“For the reasons listed above, the Law Department does not approve the bill for form and legal sufficiency.” That is the legal opinion of Ashley H. Brown, Baltimore’s Assistant Attorney Solicitor, on controversial legislation (Bill No. 10-0455) before the Baltimore City Council that would require the city to include government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) in all contracts for construction projects with a total […]


San Diego Union Tribune Editorial on Prop G: Truth is a Casualty in Unions’ Political Ad

0 June 5, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A San Diego Union Tribune editorial rips Big Labor’s Spanish-language ad opposing Proposition G which prohibits the use of anti-competitive project labor agreement (PLA) schemes on public works projects in Chula Vista, CA and restores fairness and accountability in public contracting (“Language of distortion / Truth is a casualty in unions’ political ad,” 6/5). Earlier this week […]


San Diego Labor Council Runs TV Commercial in Spanish Comparing Proposed Fair and Open Competition Ordinance to Arizona Immigration Law

1 June 3, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

How can you tell when a political campaign is falling apart with the knowledge of certain defeat? In the case of the union campaign to prevent voter approval of Proposition G in the City of Chula Vista, union leaders are now so desperate to save their special interest backroom deals (called “Project Labor Agreements”) that […]


Local Ballot Initiatives in California Will Protect Fair and Open Competition for Taxpayers: Voters Decide on June 8

0 May 24, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The San Diego Union-Tribune, the highest circulated daily newspaper in the San Diego metropolitan area, has endorsed Measure K, which asks Oceanside voters to adopt a charter that includes a ban on project labor agreement (PLA) requirements in city contracts. It also allows the city to establish its own prevailing wage policy for purely municipal […]