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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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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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Project Labor Agreements: Disguised Union Entitlement?

Diane Williamson, a Worcester Telegram columnist, takes Massachussetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick to the woodshed for encouraging a policy of “disguised” “union entitlement” and supporting government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) on a variety of public works projects (“Union-only state policy is unfair,” 4/1/10). It is unclear how President Obama escaped Williamson’s wrath, as he signed Executive Order 13502 Feb. 6, […]
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Boston Globe Column Critical of Governor Patrick’s PLA Support

Today’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 […]
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Boston Globe Column Critical of Governor Patrick's PLA Support

Today’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 […]
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Poll: MA Public Opposes Key Mandate of PLAs

According to a press release by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University, in Boston Mass., a new poll of Massachusetts voters indicates the public opposes a key provision of typical PLAs. A new survey conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center for the Beacon Hill Institute shows that 69% of Massachusetts voters oppose […]
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Boston Business Journal Editorial: Project Labor Agreements a Tax on Competition

The Boston Business Journal ran an editorial critical of project labor agreements (PLAs) and President Obama’s Executive Order 13502 (“PLAs a Tax on Competition,” 9/25). PLAs de facto lock in unions at major job sites, all but barring 84 percent of the construction workforce that isn’t union. Obama earlier this year issued an executive order […]
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