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New York Firm Wins Lawsuit Against NYS DOT’s Government-Mandated PLA

1 March 19, 2012  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

There was a significant legal victory for taxpayers and merit shop construction firms in New York recently. As we reported in 2011, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) implemented a project labor agreement (PLA) requirement on a highway reconstruction and bridge replacement project near Exit 122 on Route 17 in Orange County, […]

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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Harm Union Contractors and Tradespeople

1 August 24, 2011  State & Local Construction

The debate surrounding government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) is often framed by the media and elected officials as a dispute pitting union signatory contractors and their union employees against nonunion contractors and their nonunion employees. However, a recent lawsuit attacking government-mandated PLAs on $6 billion worth of taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects through 2014 in New York City sheds light on unsung victims of these controversial, anti-competitive and costly special interest handouts that deny hardworking taxpayers the accountability they deserve from government contracts: Union contractors and some construction trade union members.

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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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Beacon Hill Institute Responds to Attacks on Project Labor Agreement Research

0 July 22, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Dr. David Tuerck, Executive Director of The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at Suffolk University, asked TheTruthAboutPLAs.com to post the following note and related correspondence to U.S. Congress in response to attacks by Dr. Peter Phillips, economics professor at the University of Utah, on BHI’s research on the impact of government-mandated […]

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Report Highlights Inefficient Union Work Rules in NYC, Developers Say Alleged PLA Cost Savings Disappointing

0 May 4, 2011  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Merit shop contractors know government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) saddle nonunion and merit shop contractors with inefficient union work rules and high operational costs unique to unionized contractors, which results in reduced competition and increased costs to taxpayers. But few understand the merit shop contractor cost advantage despite anecdotal evidence and compelling research on the topic. […]

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Report Documents Construction Defects on PLA Projects

0 April 12, 2011  Uncategorized

As part of our ongoing series publishing the truth about government-mandated projects labor agreements (PLAs), here is a chapter documenting Construction Defects on PLA Projects from Maury Baskin’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance (2011 Edition). V. Construction Defects on PLA Projects Many PLA projects have suffered from serious construction defects, […]

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Report Documents Construction Delays on PLA Projects

1 April 11, 2011  Uncategorized

As part of our ongoing series publishing the truth about government-mandated projects labor agreements (PLAs), here is a chapter documenting Construction Delays on PLA Projects from Maury Baskin’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance (2011 Edition). IV. Construction Delays on PLA Projects Another argument often made in support of government-mandated PLAs […]

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Report Documents Reduced Competition on PLA Projects

1 April 9, 2011  Uncategorized

As part of our ongoing series publishing the truth about government-mandated projects labor agreements (PLAs), here is a chapter documenting Reduced Competition on PLA Projects from Maury Baskin’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance (2011 Edition). III.       Reduced Competition on PLA Projects According to a number of published sources, a contributing […]

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Report Documents Increased Costs on PLA Projects

0 April 8, 2011  Uncategorized

As part of our ongoing series publishing the truth about government-mandated projects labor agreements (PLAs), here is a chapter documenting Increased Costs on PLA Projects from Maury Baskin’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements: The Public Record of Poor Performance (2011 Edition). II.        Increased Costs on PLA Projects Proponents of PLAs frequently claim that such agreements will […]

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Report Documents the Public Record of Poor Performance of Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 April 7, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Proponents of anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) use a variety of misleading arguments to convince public officials that granting union-signatory contractors and union labor a virtual monopoly on public construction projects through PLAs is in the public’s best interest.  If public officials have not already been influenced by the cycle of PLA […]

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