USACE Omaha District Project Labor Agreement Survey Due September 28

0 September 27, 2018  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a survey soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLAs) for a large scale construction project (exceeding $25 million) in Colorado Springs, CO., a project of ABC National, encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell […]


Minnesota School District Adopts Discriminatory Union-only PLA

0 September 17, 2018  Featured, School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In a disappointing vote on Tuesday night, the Roseville School Board in Minnesota voted 4-2 to adopt a discriminatory union-only project labor agreement that will drive up the costs of district construction for years to come, limit competition, and discriminate against local workers – all while paying off special interest union bosses in the process. […]


PLA Requirement Rescinded on NJ Vine Street School Project

0 July 31, 2012  School Construction, State & Local Construction

There was an important story for taxpayers in Cumberland County, New Jersey last week, where freeholders voted to rescind a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) requirement for an upcoming project that would transform the Vine Street School into a new home for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office. Here are the highlights from The […]


Dutchess County Lawmakers Fail to Override Veto on PLA Requirement

0 October 16, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Dutchess County, NY Legislature failed to override County Executive William Steinhaus’ veto of a bill requiring PLAs on all county projects costing in excess of $3.5 million. Here’s an excerpt from the Poughkeepsie Journal’s coverage: Legislators voted 15-10 Tuesday night, failing to get at least 17 votes required to override the veto. Proponents of […]


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 […]


Missouri School District Bait-and-Switch Wastes $20,000 and May Have Violated State Law

1 September 2, 2009  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The September 1 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal reports that the Heart of America Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors sent letters to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Attorney General Chris Koster (D) officially requesting that they launch an investigation into the Bayless School District’s procurement practices.  Here is the rundown of the situation from […]


PA: Benner Township Prison Project Delayed Because Bids “Unacceptably High”

0 August 24, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has delayed construction of the State Correctional Institution at Benner Township because of “unacceptably high bids,” according to state officials.  In fact, Benner Township state Senator Jake Corman told local media that “the bids were tens of millions of dollars over the state’s estimated $200 million cost for the […]