Pennsylvania: An Unequal Employer

1 November 18, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Commonwealth Foundation fellow Adam Cole published a great commentary discussing wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on November 17 titled, “Pennsylvania: An Unequal Employer” While this commentary covers many of the main arguments against these Big Labor handouts, that government-mandated PLAs increase construction costs and discriminates against women, minorities and nonunion construction workers, it […]


Op-Ed: Give PA and U.S. Project Labor Agreement Policies the Heave-Ho

0 November 13, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

An op-ed in The York Dispatch draws parallels between the controversy over open competition legislation in PA and President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 (Think Pa.’s Discriminatory Labor Agreements Are Bad? Check Out Obama’s, 11/12). Here is an excerpt: Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services (DGS) has tried to require them [PLAs] on about $800 million […]


Lancaster New Era Editorial: Level The Playing Field On Contracts

1 October 22, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In an October 22 editorial titled, “Level the Playing Field on Contracts,” the Lancaster (PA) New Era voices its support for Representative John Bear’s H.B. 2010, which prohibits the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements on taxpayer-funded projects in Pennsylvania. The editorial is so good that we’ve decided to post it in its […]


Endangered Species Billboards On Display in Harrisburg

0 October 21, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The campaign to save Pennsylvania’s most endangered species – the nonunion construction worker – has two new billboards on display in Harrisburg. These billboards are part of the “Save His Endangered Job” campaign to prevent wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements on public construction in Pennsylvania. We encourage everyone to visit their website (  Additionally, […]


Save The Endangered Species!

1 October 20, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The fight to save Pennsylvania’s most endangered species is on!  Big Labor is trying to drive Pennsylvania’s nonunion construction workforce into extinction. But the merit shop construction industry and 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s private construction workforce locked out of public construction work by discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are fighting back! The “Save the […]


Pennsylvania Represenative John Bear Speaks Out Against PLAs on Comcast Local Edition

0 October 2, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

PA Representative John Bear calls project labor agreements (PLAs) “discrimination, pure and simple” and said he is “surprised we’re even talking about this [PLAs]” while PA is in the middle of a historic budget crisis during a recent episode of Comcast Local Edition.  Rep. Bear, a leading voice against government waste, recognizes that taxpayers ALWAYS […]


Pennsylvania Lawmakers Speak Out Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

1 September 29, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Pennsylvania Representative John Bear (R-Lancaster) and Republican House Policy Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York), along with the Keystone chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, held a press conference on the steps of the Pennsylvania capital today, September 29 at 10am to announce the introduction of legislation prohibiting project labor agreements (PLAs) on public construction in Pennsylvania.  Senator Bear clearly understands […]


ABC Keystone Chapter Criticizes PLAs on “The Box” Radio Program

0 September 23, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

ABC Keystone chapter president Jack Zimmer and government affairs director Steve Swarney slammed PLAs on “The Box” radio program hosted by Matt Brouillette.  Mr. Brouillette is president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, which is “dedicated to advancing state-level public policies based on our nation’s founding principles of limited government, economic freedom and personal responsibility.”  Mr. […]


It’s the PLA, Stupid!

0 August 28, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Penn State’s student run newspaper, The Daily Collegian,  reports that the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has started the rebidding process for the $200 million State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Benner Township in Centre County, PA after costs from the initial round of bidding came in too high (“Prison construction bidding to resume,” 8/26). Despite predictions by politicians (specifically […]


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 […]