Washington Times

Phase 2 Silver Line Dispute Grabs Headlines; Opposition to Project Labor Agreement Grows

2 June 29, 2011  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

Opposition continues to mount against the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority’s (MWAA) April 6 resolution mandating a union-favoring project labor agreement (PLA) that contractors are required to agree to in order to win construction contracts on the $3.5 billion Phase 2 Dulles Metro Rail Silver Line project in Northern Virginia. (See previous blog posts from TheTruthAboutPLAs.com […]

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Big Labor Crashes Dulles Metro Rail Press Conference, Stifles Objections to Costly Project Labor Agreement Scheme

0 April 20, 2011  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

On April, 18 Laborers Union (LIUNA) Local 657 and other members and paid astroturfers guests of the Washington Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO, bused in disruptive protestors from Washington, D.C., and Maryland to crash a press conference held by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf concerning $3.5 billion worth of construction for Phase 2 of the Dulles Metro Rail project […]

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Washington Times Editorial: Obama and D.C. Council Pay Off Their Union Bosses with PLAs

1 April 2, 2010  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

A Washington Times editorial calls government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) resulting from President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and proposed D.C. Council legislation  “a solution that neither the District nor the nation can afford” (“EDITORIAL: More silver pieces for unions,” 4/2). Evidence rapidly accumulated that President Obama will pay any price, bear any burden, meet […]

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Washington Times Editorial: Obama’s Big Labor Payback

1 March 26, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

An editorial in today’s Washington Times blasts President Obama’s Big Labor Payback via the pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502 and rumored Easter recess appointment of SEIU and AFL-CIO Counsel Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB is the critical federal agency that supervises and conducts union representation elections and rules on unfair […]

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More on Big Labor’s Pension Bailout Scheme

1 March 25, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

There is an interesting piece in today’s Washington Times that examines how poorly performing union pension plans are at the heart of Big Labor’s support for health care reform and push for government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally-funded construction projects  (“Unions Want Washington’s Help With Pension Funds,” 3/25/10). Nonunion workers and private companies could be forced into absorbing the […]

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Union Giveaways That Will Hit Your Wallet

0 January 26, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The Washington Times ran an Op-Ed by Brett McMahon, vice-president of ABC member Miller & Long Concrete Construction, documenting a number of backroom deals that the White House and Congress cut with Big Labor that will harm private sector job creation and small businesses while giving Big Labor a big advantage (“Yet Another Reason to Oppose Obamacare: Union Giveaways That […]

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Washington Times: Obama Union Push Stymies Contractors

2 December 27, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Yesterday we raised concerns about dual bidding experiments utilized by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that will determine whether or not PLAs are appropriate on a pilot program of ten federal construction projects.  Today the Washington Times wrote about one of the GSA pilot projects in Washington, D.C. – the Lafayette Building on 811 Vermont Avenue – […]

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Washington Times: Obama’s Union Drive Stumbles in New Hampshire

1 November 12, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

Today the Washington Times ran an excellent story summarizing the controversy surrounding  the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to cancel its solicitation for bids to construct a new Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H. under a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) (Obama’s Union Drive Stumbles in N.H., 11/12). The cancellation came in response to a […]

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Washington Times: Obama Puts Union Strings on Federal Jobs with Project Labor Agreements

3 October 7, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

The Washington Times covered President Obama’s Executive Order 13502 and the bid protest filed this week with the Government Accountability Office by North Branch Construction, a Concord, N.H.-based general contractor and member of ABC (“Obama Puts Union Strings on Federal Jobs,” 10/7). The focus of the bid protest is a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) […]

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