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Project Labor Agreements: Not What We Need, Not What We Deserve

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Published on Jun 7, 2012

Project labor agreements (PLA) are special interest schemes that discourage competition from nonunion contractors and their workers by requiring a construction project to be awarded only to contractors and subcontractors that agree to recognize unions as the representatives of employees on that job; use the union hall to obtain workers; obey the union's restrictive apprenticeship and work rules; and contribute to union pension plans and other funds in which their nonunion employees will never benefit unless they join a union.

When a government entity requires a PLA on a construction project, they are essentially tilting the playing field in favor of contractors that agree to use organized labor. On government-funded or assisted projects, this means that the 86 percent of the construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor union cannot compete on an equal basis for projects funded by their own tax dollars.

On government-funded or assisted projects, taxpayers deserve the best product for the best price. Numerous studies show that PLA mandates can increase construction costs by nearly 20 percent. With government deficits ballooning nationwide, government-mandated PLAs are a special interest handout that taxpayers simply can't afford.

Learn more about wasteful and discriminatory PLAs at www.TheTruthAboutPLAs.com

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