U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to Examine Costly Government-Mandated PLAs

0 March 16, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Today at 1:30 PM, the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee’s (chaired by Rep. Issa of California) Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Subcommittee (chaired by Rep. Jordan of Ohio) is holding a hearing called, Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: The Cost of Doing Business in the Construction Industry. The hearing will focus […]


A Project Labor Agreement Reduced Competition and Increased Costs on the Wilson Bridge

0 April 1, 2010  Federal Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

The D.C. Council is considering legislation, the District Resident Employment and Trade Stimulus Act of 2010 (Bill 18-650), that would mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on all government-assisted projects costing more than $200,000 in Washington, D.C. Yesterday’s blog post discussed a report about the failed record of government-mandated PLAs in Washington, D.C., “The Problem with PLAs […]


Executive Order 13502 “Egregious” and “Simply Unfair”

0 September 17, 2009  Federal Construction

In an outstanding piece titled, “Forced Union Payments on Tax Paid Projects,” Mike Thompson of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy calls President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies and departments to utilize wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal projects over $25 million, “egregious” and “simply unfair.” Here are […]


Union Corporate Campaign for Biotech Project Labor Agreement in Massachusetts

0 May 5, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

On 5/1 I wrote about how Virginia Building Trades Unions were running a corporate campaign against Dominion Virginia Power for more union jobs and (likely) a PLA. The Massachusetts Building Trades have taken a corporate campaign against companies in Massachusetts’ Biotech industry to a whole new level with this absurd website, media campaign and […]


Virginia Building Trades Pressure Dominion Virginia Power for Project Labor Agreement

0 May 1, 2009  Uncategorized

A blog reader forwarded the below story about Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council members engaged in a corporate campaign against Dominion Virginia Power. Those experienced with PLAs know that the goal of these campaigns is to create a public relations headache for private construction owners such as corporations like VA Dominion Power so […]