Pennsylvania

ABC Western Pennsylvania President’s Letter Blasts Labor Boss’ Tired Pro-Project Labor Agreement Op-Ed

0 October 14, 2015  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

On Sunday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a strong #NoPLAs letter to the editor by ABC Western Pennsylvania President Pete Gum in response to a pro-project labor agreement (PLA) op-ed submitted by Dennis Martire, vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA): Government-mandated project labor agreements are anti-competitive and costly […]

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West Jefferson Hills School Board Members Who Support a 15% Cost Increase

10 October 7, 2015  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

Carolyn Bourgeois Email Darlene Schreiber Email John Hosmer Email Dr. David Graham Email Anna Louise Lilley Email Anthony M. Angotti Email Alan J. Caponi Email PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT (PLA) MANDATES ARE BAD FOR THE WEST JEFFERSON HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT. How PLAs Increase Costs PLA Mandates INCREASE Project Costs – studies show these mandates increase school construction […]

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West Jefferson Hills School District Project Labor Agreement Exposed

0 August 20, 2015  School Construction, State & Local Construction

On May 26, 2015, the West Jefferson Hills School District (WJHSD) Board voted 7-1 to require a project labor agreement (PLA) on construction contracts to build a $100 million high school south of Pittsburgh. After learning about this discriminatory PLA mandate, on August 18, 2015, the ABC Western Pennsylvania Chapter wrote this letter to WJHSD […]

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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.

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey for New England MATOC Jobs Due June 2

0 May 14, 2014  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New England District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for federal Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to build, renovate and repair military and other federal facilities throughout six New England states. Those states include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode […]

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USACE Project Labor Agreement Survey For Delaware River Deepening Due March 17

0 March 14, 2014  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale federal project deepening the main channel of the Delaware River. The job will take place within New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware borders according to this USACE website. To review and learn […]

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Keystone Research Center Studies Promoting Pennsylvania Project Labor Agreements Can’t Be Trusted

1 February 23, 2014  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction

Proponents of discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) have concocted some wild schemes to help misguided and corrupt lawmakers steer taxpayer-funded contracts to their union workers and unionized contractor political supporters with little competition and public scrutiny, but this latest caper from Bristol Township, Pa., is remarkable and deserves to be exposed. In August 2013, when […]

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PLA Mandate on Allentown Fire Station Costs Taxpayers

1 May 31, 2013  State & Local Construction

City officials in Allentown, Pa., are determined to do everything they can to ensure local construction projects are built exclusively by union labor, despite the fact that the vast majority of the construction workforce in the area chooses not to join a union. After being forced in 2011 to repeal a blanket project labor agreement […]

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USACE PLA Survey Responses Due Feb. 7 For Delaware River Dredging Project

0 February 1, 2013  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale federal project dredging the Delaware River main channel and placing beachfill material on Broadkill Beach in Delaware. The job will take place within New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware borders according to […]

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