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Video Documents Big Labor’s Project Labor Agreement Shakedown in Lansing

0 December 3, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Take a look at this outstanding video posted by The Mackinac Center that explains the grip of Big Labor’s powerful special interests on some members of the Lansing City Council. We’ve covered this story before, but basically, Lansing City Council members beholden to Big Labor’s anti-competitive and costly agenda issued threats to halt both the cleanup […]


The Inspiration for Proposition G in Chula Vista: San Diego Union Greenmail Against the San Diego Padres, Independent Power Companies, High Rise Developers, and Gaylord Entertainment

2 May 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

On May 27, KNSD Channel 7/39 News in San Diego (an NBC affiliate) showed a three-minute story on Proposition G, the voter initiative on the June 8 ballot in the City of Chula Vista to prohibit the city from entering into contracts that require contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs). The story was also […]


Delays and Increased Construction Costs Plague PA Prison

0 March 4, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Pennsylvania’s Graterford Prison project labor agreement (PLA) controversy is in the Philadelphia newspapers again. No progress has been made on the construction of this important project. Looking for something to blame? It’s the PLA, stupid! Looking for someone to blame? Blame Big Labor’s lobbyists for pushing costly, job-killing special interest PLAs and blame public officials for allowing these […]


Waterbury PLA Schools Continue Record of Poor Performance

0 March 2, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Waterbury Republican American reported on 2/24/10 that two CT schools recently constructed under project labor agreements (PLAs) have suffered cost overruns, construction defects and missed construction deadlines. CONSTRUCTION CONTRAST: Item: The $20.5 million Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School was finished late and came in 10 percent over budget. Today, it’s leaky, the climate-control system is faulty, […]


An Ailing Process Indeed

1 January 25, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) continue to garner public attention in Indiana, as Wishard Health Services prepares to go forward with a PLA on approximately $750 million in hospital renovations at their Marion County facility. The latest PLA-related story titled, “An Ailing Process,” comes courtesy of the January 24 Indianapolis Star. Here are […]


Press-Enterprise: Shameful vote

4 January 5, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Here at, we want to make sure we catch any important PLA-related developments that occurred over the holidays. In a December 22 editorial, the Riverside, CA Press-Enterprise expressed its frustration with the Riverside Community College District Board’s recent handout to Big Labor in the form of a project labor agreement (PLA) requirement on all […]


Washington Examiner Editorial on Project Labor Agreements: No Local Construction Firms Need Apply

0 October 5, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the Manchester, NH Job Corps project continues to garner negative publicity.  In an October 2 Washington Examiner editorial titled, “No Local Construction Firms Need Apply,” Barbara Hollingsworth notes Senator Judd Gregg’s frustration with the impact this PLA will have on New Hampshire’s construction industry. Here’s an excerpt: And since […]


First Federal Project Labor Agreement Under Obama Administration Riles Senator Gregg

0 September 18, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The first government mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal construction project during the Obama Presidency has been attached to a $10+ million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Jobs Corp Center in Manchester, NH. A statement released by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) highlights the problems with a government mandated PLA in New Hampshire, where just 8.7 […]


It’s Still Taxpayer Money!

0 September 9, 2009  Uncategorized

The winner of the most absurd PLA-related quote of the week goes to a local official in Monroe, MI.  The Monroe City Council was forced to accept a bid on a water main repair and rehabilitation project that was 12.7 percent or approximately $200,000 higher than the engineer’s estimate because it was the only bid […]