PLAs Hurt Taxpayers

97% of ABC Contractors Say Biden’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Policies Would Make Federal Construction More Expensive

0 October 17, 2022  Featured, Federal Construction

According to a September 2022 survey of ABC contractor members published Sept. 28, 2022, 98% oppose President Biden’s proposed rule mandating project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more. PLA schemes needlessly increase costs and exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage because they exclude almost nine out of 10 workers […]


Survey: ABC Members Strongly Oppose Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 January 30, 2019  Featured, Federal Construction, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

ABC members overwhelmingly reported that government-mandated project labor agreements harm their businesses, hiring and workforce development practices and ability to complete work safely, on time and on budget, according to the results of a December 2018 membership survey published today. Ninety-eight percent of survey respondents said they were less likely to bid on a taxpayer-funded construction contract […]


Another Community Bans Wasteful and Discriminatory PLAs!

0 November 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Another community has said no to Big Labor handouts and higher costs for taxpayer funded construction.  The City Council of  Lewisville, Texas voted 5-0 to prohibit the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on city funded work.  Text for the ordinance is based on the Chula Vista, California ballot initiative to prohibit government-mandated PLAs, which was approved by […]


Indentured Servitude in the USA and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme Ever

0 April 26, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized contributor and former Missouri state senator John Loudon offered his thoughts on the Obama Administration’s effort to encourage the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction in a April 25 post titled, “Indentured Servitude in the USA and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme Ever.” Specifically, Mr. Loudon discussed how […]


Matt Lewis Discusses Obama Executive Order and PLAs

0 April 20, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Brett McMahon, vice president of Miller & Long, a concrete construction subcontractor, based in Bethesda, Md., and a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors joins the Matt Lewis podcast to discuss Executive Order 13502 and project labor agreements (PLAs) in general. This wide-ranging discussion breaks down how PLAs are a huge win for Big […]


Reaching For the Big Labor Lifeboat

1 April 8, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Another embattled governor has reached out for the Big Labor lifeboat.  On March 31, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn issued Executive Order 03 of 2010, which reaffirms former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 2003 order essentially requiring wasteful project labor agreements (PLAs) on many state projects, and additionally, authorizes the state to use PLAs on federally assisted projects […]


White House’s Middle Class Task Force 2010 Report Mentions Project Labor Agreements

1 March 3, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The construction industry is still waiting for the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council to issue a final rule on regulations that promote project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million, as directed by President Obama’s Feb. 6, 2009 Executive Order 13502. After months of intense opposition and no comment from the White House or action by […]


BigGovernment: Unions’ Unfair PLAy in California

0 February 1, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized friend and contributor Bret Jacobson wrote a great piece exposing Big Labor tactics in California in a January 29 post titled, “Unions’ Unfair PLAy in California.” Some elected leaders in California are coming up on a tough decision: do they do what’s right for taxpayers, or take from the poor and give […]