PLAs & The Law

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 […]


Understanding Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements and the Law

0 July 7, 2012  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

Lawmakers, the media, taxpayers and members of the construction industry frequently inquire about government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and the law. They question how such blatant favoritism and cronyism is legal.  In the 1993 landmark Boston Harbor case, the Supreme Court of the United States held that government-mandated PLAs are not prohibited by the National Labor Relations […]


Michigan Again Bans PLA Mandates on Taxpayer-Funded Construction

0 July 2, 2012  State & Local Construction

Determined to ensure that taxpayers get the best construction at the best price, Michigan’s elected leaders have again enacted legislation (Public Act 238) that will ensure government neutrality with regard to project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction in the Great Lakes state. Although Michigan adopted a similar bill in 2011, a federal district court […]


Idaho Legislature Shows Commitment to Taxpayer Value; Rejects Federal District Court’s Decision

0 April 19, 2012  State & Local Construction

Last week, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) signed S.B. 1337, which is the legislature’s second attempt to ban wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction. The prior piece of legislation (S.B. 1006 of 2011) Gov. Otter signed on March 3, 2011 to ban these taxpayer-funded handouts was invalidated in December 2011 […]


Santa Fe City Council Adopts the State’s First PLA Mandate

1 April 2, 2012  State & Local Construction

There was a distributing development in Santa Fe, N.M., on Feb. 29, when the city council quietly adopted a policy requiring community workforce agreements (CWAs) on all projects costing more than $500,000. A community workforce agreement is no different than a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA); it just goes by another name. Washington, […]


New York Firm Wins Lawsuit Against NYS DOT’s Government-Mandated PLA

1 March 19, 2012  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

There was a significant legal victory for taxpayers and merit shop construction firms in New York recently. As we reported in 2011, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) implemented a project labor agreement (PLA) requirement on a highway reconstruction and bridge replacement project near Exit 122 on Route 17 in Orange County, […]


Maryland County Says NO to PLA Mandates

0 January 18, 2012  State & Local Construction

State and local leaders continue to say NO to wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates. The latest to do so is Anne Arundel County, MD, where local leaders adopted a ban on government-mandated PLAs on January 17.     Maryland joins California, Texas and Pennsylvania as states in which local government entities have approved […]


Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s Open Competition Executive Order

0 September 20, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Despite the attempts of lawmakers in California to override the will of local voters and their elected officials, not all of the news on wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates from the states last week was bad. On Sept. 7, a federal District Court judge in Iowa dismissed a lawsuit filed by the […]