PLA Project To Harm VA Taxpayers

A troubling new “project labor agreement” has popped up in Virginia, where the state’s 95% non-union construction workforce will be blocked from working on an extension of the Metro system and taxpayers are likely to get stuck with a bigger bill. The Washington Examiner has the story:

Virginia is a proud right-to-work state, so the resolution passed last week by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority requiring a project labor agreement for construction of Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail project was a slap in the face of all working Virginians.

Adding insult to injury, the MWAA board did not provide adequate public notice prior to the 11-2 vote. The precise terms of the PLA resolution remain undisclosed, but a draft indicates that contractors and subcontractors will be required to submit to union rules and working conditions as a precondition for bidding on Phase 2 – unlike Phase 1, in which Dulles Transit Partners agreed to a voluntary PLA after the bidding process was completed.

Since only about 4 percent of Virginia construction workers are unionized, about half of all qualified Virginia construction firms will be discouraged from bidding on Phase 2, Ben Brubeck, director of labor and federal procurement for the Arlington-based Association of Builders and Contractors, told The Examiner.

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