Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

ABC Declares Victory as Federal Government Withdraws Project Labor Agreement

1 June 4, 2012  Federal Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is declaring victory in its fight for open competition and taxpayer value on federal construction projects.  ABC issued the following press release earlier today: ABC DECLARES VICTORY AS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced another victory in its fight against government-mandated […]


Congressman Frank Guinta Submits Continuing Resolution Amendment Promoting Fair and Open Competition for the Procurement of Federal Construction Contracts

2 February 16, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, yesterday U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) filed an amendment pertaining to government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on the Continuing Resolution legislation currently being debated on the House floor that would fund the federal government from March 4 through Sept. 30, the end of the current federal fiscal year (“Guinta: […]


Labor Secretary Solis Promotes Project Labor Agreements at Big Labor’s Infamous Hotel Boondoggle

1 November 22, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction

It is no secret that U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis supports anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects. On Nov. 9, 2010, Solis made these remarks in support of PLAs and President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing […]


U.S. Labor Secretary’s Support of Anti-Competitive Project Labor Agreements Questioned at Congressional Hearing

0 February 5, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

At a Feb. 2 House Education and Labor Committee hearing, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) questioned U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on President Obama’s pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502 for federal construction contracts and asked why the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) mandated a PLA on a Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H.  After a […]


What is Section 7 of Executive Order 13502 on Federal Project Labor Agreements?

2 December 15, 2009  Federal Construction

From 2001 until Feb. 6, 2009 Executive Order 13202 protected at least $147.1 billion worth of federal construction projects from discriminatory and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). In addition, the order prohibited PLAs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of federally-assisted construction projects across the country. Federally-assisted projects are local, state or private construction […]


ABC Member Files Protest Against U.S. Department of Labor Project Labor Agreement

0 October 6, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

TheTruthAboutPLAs blogged about the first proposed government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) since President Obama signed Executive Order 13502 (“First Federal Project Labor Agreement Under Obama Administration Riles Senator Gregg,” 9/18). On 10/2, a discriminatory and costly PLA was officially included in the contract solicitation for the construction of a U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Center […]


First Federal Project Labor Agreement Under Obama Administration Riles Senator Gregg

0 September 18, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The first government mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal construction project during the Obama Presidency has been attached to a $10+ million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Jobs Corp Center in Manchester, NH. A statement released by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) highlights the problems with a government mandated PLA in New Hampshire, where just 8.7 […]


Secretary of Labor Reaffirms Ill-Informed Support of Project Labor Agreements

0 September 15, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

It is no secret that U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis supports the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and Project Labor Agreements. Yesterday she addressed the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh, PA and reaffirmed her support of these special interest policies that will kill jobs and exclusively benefit Big Labor and harm American taxpayers, workers and […]


Secretary Solis Wants to Keep the Majority of Construction Workers from Laboring

0 May 19, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

At this week’s Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO Legislative Conference, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said something mystifying.  She actually said that she supports a mechanism designed to keep the 84 percent of the private construction workforce from laboring construction projects, especially those workers who happen to be a woman or member of […]