PLAs & The Law

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Arizona Law Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 March 12, 2019  State & Local Construction

In a win for taxpayers and free enterprise, on March 11, 2019, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Arizona State Building and Construction Trades Council that aimed to block enforcement of parts of a pro-taxpayer Arizona law restricting government-mandated project labor agreements on certain public works construction projects. This is the latest legal victory for supporters of Fair and Open Competition Act laws across the country.

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Courts Rule in Favor of #NoPLA Laws Promoting Fair and Open Competition

2 January 10, 2017  Featured, Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Proponents of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) have unsuccessfully challenged federal and state laws and executive orders that prevent lawmakers and agencies from imposing anti-competitive and costly union-favoring PLA requirements on taxpayer-funded construction projects. When mandated by government entities, PLAs have a dismal track record of increasing costs, reducing competition, and discriminating against experienced construction companies […]

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Federal Appeals Court Finds NLRA Could Preempt Jersey City Project Labor Agreement Ordinance

0 September 15, 2016  Featured, State & Local Construction

A federal appeals court has reversed the New Jersey District Court’s decision to uphold a Jersey City project labor agreement (PLA) ordinance that forced developers to enter into a PLA with construction trade unions as a condition of recieving tax abatements on certain projects. The decision paves the way to repeal Jersey City’s discriminatory and costly pro-PLA […]

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Victory in Idaho: Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Fair and Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

0 September 18, 2015  Featured, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

Big news out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit: Idaho’s law restricting state agencies or political subdivisions from requiring contractors to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing public work stands. There are no legal challenges against any of the enacted 23 state anti-PLA mandate laws or executive […]

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Federal Court Upholds Louisiana Law Prohibiting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 May 28, 2015  Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

Another union-backed legal challenge to a state law protecting fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction contracts has failed. It is another big win for free enterprise and builds on existing case law permitting states to restrict these crony contracting schemes. A federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana May 27 ruled that Louisiana’s […]

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ABC Michigan Urges Federal Appeals Court to Uphold Michigan Fair and Open Competition Law

0 January 24, 2013  State & Local Construction

Michigan Gov. Snyder’s office has appealed both of the district court’s rulings against Michigan’s anti-PLA mandate laws to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. ABC and ABC of Michigan have submitted an amicus brief in support of the Governor’s appeal, joined by the National Federation of Independent Business and National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

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Legal Challenges Against Federal Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements During President Obama’s First Term

0 January 22, 2013  Federal Construction

Here’s a brief review of legal challenges to federal government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) during President Obama’s first term. On April 13, 2010, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued a final rule (pdf), effective May 13, 2010, implementing President Obama’s Feb. 6, 2009, pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 into federal procurement regulations. It encourages federal agencies, on […]

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