Construction Trades Seize Greenmail Advantage

0 April 30, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In an April 27 commentary titled, “Construction Trades Seize Greenmail Advantage with Vengeance,” published by The Daily Transcript in San Diego, former ABC San Diego chapter president George Hawkins reminds the public about one of Big Labor’s favorite tools for securing project labor agreements (PLAs) in California: greenmail. Here are the highlights: “Greenmail,” the idea of threatening to […]


Another California County Poised to Prohibit PLAs, While the Riverside Community College District Trustees Can’t Help Themselves

0 March 15, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Following the lead of Orange and San Diego Counties, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is poised to take up an ordinance that would prohibit wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on county construction projects. If adopted, three of the four most populous counties in California will have said no to political handouts, and […]


Santa Barbara County Business Leaders Rally for Fair and Open Bid Competition

2 March 10, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Proponents of fair and open bid competition in Santa Barbara County, California gathered March 10th at the county administrative building to protest a proposed project labor agreement for future county construction.  On a 3-0 vote with two absences, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on February 16 to negotiate a PLA for with […]


San Diego County Supervisors Ban Project Labor Agreements

0 February 23, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, representing the sixth most populous county in the country, voted 5-0 today to ban project labor agreements (PLAs) on County construction projects.  On Mar. 2, 2010, the Supervisors will adopt the ordinance (second reading), adding section 428 to the County Administrative Code prohibiting the County from requiring PLAs […]


Replicating Failure In D.C.

0 February 19, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

It looks like Big Labor’s grip on the federal government isn’t enough to satisfy the construction union bosses.  They also want to control all locally funded construction in D.C. as well. Clearly on behalf of Big Labor, District Council member Michael Brown recently introduced legislation that would require wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) […]


California: Land of the Lost

1 February 1, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

There are few reports available that summarize how local governments across the United States are responding to the challenging economic and political circumstances of the last two years, but we at TheTruthAboutPLAs.com have been tracking the not-altogether-unexpected reaction at local governments in California.  Considering the reputation of California as a state where government fiscal irresponsibility […]


“Ordinance of the Year”

0 January 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Here at TheTruthAboutPLAs, we want to congratulate the Orange County, California’s Board of Supervisors and the taxpayers they represent! PublicCEO.com, a daily web newsletter for public executive and administrative officials in California, has given the Local Government “Ordinance of the Year” award to the Orange County Board of Supervisors for the passage of the ordinance, […]


Special Interests Own Lucas County Ohio Commissioners

0 December 17, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Readers of TheTruthAboutPLAs.com know that we have closely followed a proposal before the Lucas County, OH Board of Supervisors that would require PLAs on all county projects valued at $25,000 or greater that receive county funds. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the PLA proposal, which is sure to discriminate against qualified and local nonunion contractors […]