Whether you know much about project labor agreements or not, here’s the principle: the government shouldn’t be in the business of mandating the use of union-only labor on projects funded by taxpayers.
Yet, that’s what mandatory PLA’s do. So why are the following Republicans considering casting votes today against an amendment by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (Amendment 182 in the National Defense Authorization Act), which would block mandatory union-boss giveaways on federally funded construction projects?
So far these Republicans appear to be headed the wrong direction:
- Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey — Contact Rep. Runyan now!
- Rep. Michael Grimm of New York
- Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois — Contact Rep. Walsh now!
Why would these Members of Congress — freshmen who swept into office promising to look out for taxpayers and change Washington — oppose legislation that would eliminate inefficiencies in the federal contracting procurement process, increase competition, reduce costs and create construction jobs–while protecting the public interest?
UPDATE: Add Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the list of Republicans who failed to stand up for taxpayers 🙁