Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.) signed into law H.B.195, which prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to sign a project labor agreement (PLA) or any other agreement with labor unions as a condition of performing work on taxpayer-funded construction projects. Alabama is the 19th state to prohibit PLA mandates and the 15th state to do so since President Obama issued Executive Order 13502 in February 2009, which encourages federal agencies to require PLAs on federal construction projects costing more than $25 million and allows state and local governments to require PLAs on federally assisted projects.

Ninety-seven percent of Alabama’s private constructionworkforce does not belong to a labor union.