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Minority Contractors and Business Associations Take Leadership Role in Fighting Project Labor Agreements in California Coastal Cities

1 March 9, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Minority contractors and minority business associations in California are taking a political leadership role in Los Angeles and Oakland to oppose proposed project labor agreements (PLAs). LOS ANGELES COUNTY On March 1, 2011, Small Business United (SBU), described as “a coalition of small business groups and professional associations representing a diverse set of constituencies from […]


Detroit News Editorial: Break the Barriers

1 January 7, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The editorial board of The Detroit News has once again come out against job killing policies that line the pockets of one special interest group at the expense of Michigan taxpayers.  This issue was discussed in the context of The Detroit News urging the newly-minted Snyder administration to remove the government-imposed hurdles to job creation […]


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 […]


NY Times and Fox News Cover San Diego Anti-PLA Ballot Initiative

0 October 15, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

On November 2, San Diego County voters will vote YES on Proposition A, which amends the San Diego county charter to prohibit the county government from entering into contracts that require construction companies to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) with construction unions. This measure will ensure that San Diego County taxpayers get the best quality construction at the best […]


Fox Business News Covers Chula Vista’s Prop G Victory

0 June 16, 2010  State & Local Construction

Last Tuesday, Chula Vista, Calif. voters rejected costly and anti-competitive project labor agreements (PLAs) on public works projects by passing Proposition G, which bans PLAs on city-funded construction projects and helps public officials deliver to taxpayers the best possible construction project at the best possible price. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal editorial board applauded Chula Vista voters for passing […]


ABC Member Discusses Federal Project Labor Agreements on Fox Business Network

2 May 13, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Last night, David Asman of FOX Business Network’s “America’s Nightly Scoreboard” program interviewed Brett McMahon, vice president of ABC member firm Miller & Long Concrete Construction, about the April 13 final rule implementing President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502. The Obama order strongly encourages federal agencies to steer lucrative construction contracts to […]


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 […]


ABC Member Discusses Failing Union Pension Plans on Fox Business Network

0 April 29, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized readers familiar with provisions in wasteful and anti-competitive project labor agreements (PLAs) that force employers to contribute to failing union multi-employer pension plans on behalf of their employees have likely reviewed Required Reading on Multi-Employer Pension Plan Crisis. April 29, Fox Business Network’s Americas Nightly Scoreboard program invited the Small Business All-Stars to discuss Wall Street […]