Author Archives: Ben Brubeck

Rep. Frank Guinta Offers Amendment Promoting Fair and Open Competition for the Procurement of Federal Construction Contracts

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, yesterday U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) filed an amendment pertaining to government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on the Continuing Resolution legislation currently being debated on the House floor that would fund the federal government from March 4 through Sept. 30, the end of the current federal fiscal year (“Guinta: [...]
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Big Labor Payoff Wastes Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

How much does a government-mandated union-favoring project labor agreement (PLA) add to a $52.3 million construction project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in Washington, D.C.? At least $3.3 million. That’s the cost of a change order the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) paid to a federal contractor to ensure renovations to the [...]
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Call to Action: Curb Excessive Government Spending and Halt The Assault Via YouCut

Congress is back in session this week, which means time is running out for you to tell Congress to say NO to wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements on federal construction projects via House Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s “YouCut” program. is asking readers and the public to support Oklahoma Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin’s [...]
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Contracting Community Convinces Federal Agency to Halt the Assault on Florida Small Business

ABC member contractors, their employees and concerned taxpayers helped defeat a costly and discriminatory provision within the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) solicitation for construction services that mandated a project labor agreement (PLA) on a $100 million to $250 million technical applications center at Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla. Numerous [...]
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Tired of Big Government Spending on Schemes That Assault Small Business? Then YouCut It!

Oklahoma Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin’s (OK-5) YouCut proposal to prohibit the federal government from requiring anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects is back by popular demand. The YouCut website, launched May 12 by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), features a list of five proposals aimed at reducing [...]
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YouCut Project Labor Agreements: Restore Fairness and Accountability in Federal Construction

Do you want to save the federal government up to $2.6 billion a year? Do you want to eliminate the influence of special interests and corruption in federal contracting? Do you want to create employment opportunities for all skilled and qualified professionals in the construction industry? Do you want the federal government to deliver to taxpayers [...]
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ABC Member Fights Back Against Project Labor Agreement Assault on Small Business readers know that wasteful and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are an assault on small businesses and taxpayers. Last night, Brett McMahon, vice president of ABC member firm Miller & Long Concrete Construction, had a chance to speak out against discriminatory and wasteful government-mandated PLAs on national television on behalf of small construction businesses and their employees, [...]
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President Obama’s Project Labor Agreement Executive Order Continues Assault on Small Business

ICYMI, an April 14 Wall Street Journal editorial blasts President Obama’s Feb. 6, 2009 pro-project labor agreement (PLA) Executive Order 13502 that was implemented into federal procurement regulations via a final rule issued April 13 (“Crony Contracts. Want federal business? Better be a union shop“). Anti-competitive government-mandated PLAs are special interest schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding [...]
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Project Labor Agreements are an Assault on Small Business

Anti-competitive government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are special interest schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on public construction projects. It’s another way Big Labor and its handpicked political cronies assault small businesses and nonunion employees in the construction industry, which already is suffering from 27.1 percent unemployment. Diane Williamson, a Worcester Telegram columnist, [...]
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Boston Globe Columnist Trashes Mass Governor’s Gift to Big Labor

Yesterday’s Boston Globe column by Scot Lehigh criticizes Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s support of project labor agreements (PLAs) on future construction projects in exchange for political support from construction trade unions in the upcoming election (“Courting Trade Unions,” 3/31). Lehigh nails a key point questioning the alleged benefits of PLAs: But that PLA benefit is easily [...]
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