Oppose Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) recently introduced the “Government Neutrality in Contracting Act” (S.109/H.R. 436) in both the Senate and House, respectively.
This legislation would prohibit federal contracting agencies from mandating that contractors and unions enter project labor agreements (PLAs) on direct federal projects. In addition, the bill would preserve the right of contractors and unions to voluntarily negotiate and execute project labor agreements on federal projects, if they so choose.
AGC is committed to full and open competition for all public projects. AGC strongly believes that the choice of whether to adopt a collective bargaining agreement should be left to the contractor-employers and their employees, and that choice should not be imposed as a condition to competing for, or performing on, a publicly funded project.
Government-mandated PLAs can have the effect of limiting the number of competitors on a project. This is because government mandates for PLAs typically require contractors to make fundamental, often costly changes in the way they do business.
There is no reliable evidence proving the claim that PLAs will improve the economy or efficiency of a project. Case studies of the economic benefits of PLAs have had varying conclusions.
This amendment would not prohibit all PLAs. A firm can still voluntarily enter into a PLA.
Contact your representative today and ask for their support of the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act.
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