Category Archives: Project Labor Agreements

When big government and Big Labor team up, the rest of us lose.

This week, Merit Canada launched a new website and advertising campaign to ensure that all construction employees are able to work on public infrastructure projects paid for with their own tax dollars. It seems obvious that we should do the same thing here in the United States. The simple fact is that many of the […]
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Pro-PLA Legislation Moving in New Jersey. Will Gov. Christie Uphold his Campaign Pledge?

In New Jersey, legislation is moving quickly through the State Legislature that would authorize the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on even more construction projects than currently are permitted under law. Should this bill reach Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) desk, many merit shop leaders will be asking themselves whether Gov. Christie […]
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Video: The Opportunity To Compete

A new video from BankruptingAmerica interviews a commercial construction owner in Pennsylvania. It’s worth a watch!
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Will GOPers Cave on Principled Vote? (Project Labor Agreements)

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 […]
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Colorado Newscast Exposes Big Labor Pressure Tactics

A Denver-area TV newscast recently exposed one of Big Labor’s most aggressive tactics for pressuring nonunion construction firms.  Labor bosses use “Shame on” banners to tarnish the good name of these job creators.  Jermey Jojola from Denver’s 9NEWS exposes the farce. To learn more, visit www.shameonunionbanners.com.
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Where’s The Outrage?

Over at our sister blog, The Truth About PLAs, Ben Brubeck asks “GSA Wasted Millions on Union Handout: Where’s the Outrage?” Congress and the media should renew their interest in the GSA’s anti-competitive procurement practices and call for reform. The GSA needs to be held accountable for any instance of waste, whether it be procuring […]
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Where's The Outrage?

Over at our sister blog, The Truth About PLAs, Ben Brubeck asks “GSA Wasted Millions on Union Handout: Where’s the Outrage?” Congress and the media should renew their interest in the GSA’s anti-competitive procurement practices and call for reform. The GSA needs to be held accountable for any instance of waste, whether it be procuring […]
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HTA Spokesman Shares Real-World View of Big Labor

Nationally recognized political expert Michael Barone has published the experience of our own HTA spokesman! Reader Brett McMahon, who has a concrete construction business, is puzzled why Rick Santorum’s votes on union issues have not proved a political liability in Southern states. I am not sure I share his characterization of Santorum’s record, but I […]
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Why Unions Hurt The Middle Class

For decades we have been told that unions help the middle class. We have heard it from unions, from politicians that receive union contributions and from a sympathetic media. However, when one examines the facts this claim is completely false. How can an organization that represents a small minority the workforce, just over 10%, but […]
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Are Unions PLA-ying Politics With The Military?

When it comes to our armed forces, our service men and women deserve the best equipment and taxpayers deserve the best price. So news that Big Labor has been successful in its campaign to attack public coffers via a “project labor agreement” mandating union labor on a new Navy project in Washington State is ill […]
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