Project Labor Agreements

Government-mandated PLAs discourage merit shop contractors from bidding on taxpayer- funded construction contracts and drive up costs between 12 percent and 18 percent

Overview

Anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are special interest schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on contracts to build taxpayer- funded construction projects. Government-mandated PLAs discourage merit shop contractors from bidding on taxpayer- funded construction contracts and drive up costs between 12 percent and 18 percent, which results in fewer infrastructure improvements, reduced construction industry job creation

PLAs drive up the cost of construction by reducing competition and effectively excluding merit shop contractors and their skilled employees from building projects paid for by their own tax dollars. ABC, Empire State promises to fight every proposed government-mandated Project Labor Agreement in the State of New York, from the smallest of projects to the largest.>

ABC Supports

  • The ABC strongly supports S.4195 /A.6364. This legislation, the Public Construction Savings Act,< will level the competitive playing field and allow all contractors – whether union or non-union – to fairly compete for public construction projects. The Public Construction Savings Act allows contractors to submit responsive bids whether they choose to use a PLA or not.
  • Legislative or executive measures to preserve full and open competition on public construction contracts
  • Public construction contracts awarded based on sound and credible criteria, such as quality of work, experience and cost—not a company’s union affiliation and willingness to execute a PLA

ABC OPPOSES

  • Government-mandated PLAs and discriminatory PLA preferences on publicly funded construction projects.
  • Claims by PLA proponents that government mandates and preferences for PLAs will improve the economy and efficiency in federal contracting.

If you catch wind of a possible proposed government mandated PLA or want to get involved in the fight against PLA’s, please contact us at ABC-Empire@abcnys.org

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