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Jersey City Adopts PLA Requirements

City councilmembers voted 6-3 to approve a measure that rewrites Jersey City’s project labor agreements (PLAs) to require developers to hire union and local workers for city-subsidized construction projects exceeding $25 million. Specifically, the revamped PLAs require women or minority workers who are Jersey City residents to comprise at least 20 percent of the workforce on jobs subject to the agreements. 

Study: PLA Mandates Inflate Ohio School Construction Costs 13 Percent

A new study released by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates. 

What Merit Shop Contractors Should Expect From the Trump Administration

While controversies over the first nominee for Secretary of Labor slowed implementation of the Trump administration’s labor agenda during the first 100 days of the president’s term, construction industry leaders are already seeing a sharp contrast with the anti-business agenda of the Obama administration, as federal labor agencies have begun to review and in some cases retract burdensome regulations imposed by previous officials. 

Bill Containing Local Hiring and PLA Requirements Stalls in Delaware

The Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter has spearheaded a campaign to educate the public on PLAs, citing the fact that 92 percent of Delaware’s private construction workforce does not belong to a union and effectively would be shut out of competing for projects funded by their own tax dollars. 

Oversight Committee Favorably Marks Up Neutrality Legislation

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671) would increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.

Pro-Merit Shop Policies Advance in the States

In December 2015, ABC launched “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial merit shop construction industry. 

Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Open Competition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects. 

Nevada Bans PLA Mandates

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed legislation making Nevada the 23rd state to restrict the ability of state and local government entities to implement project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction projects. 

Prevailing Wage Laws Contested in Indiana and Michigan

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a bill eliminating prevailing wage requirements for publicly funded construction projects, effective July 1. In Michigan, state senators voted 22-15 to pass three bills rescinding a 50-year-old prevailing wage requirement on public construction projects. 

Big Victories Scored in Fight for Open Competition

This spring, advocates for the merit shop construction industry scored some important wins for fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects. The beneficiaries are American taxpayers and the vast majority of the construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor organization.

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