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From the category archives: State/Local News

North Dakota is 15th State to Ban PLAs; New Jersey Gov. Vetoes PLA Expansion Bill

On April 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law H.B. 1270, which will ban government-mandated PLAs on state and local construction projects in the state. A week later, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation (S. 2425) that would have expanded the ability of public entities in the state to mandate PLAs on taxpayer-funded contracts to rebuild New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Read the rest of entry »

USACE and NAVFAC Issue PLA Surveys for the Western U.S. and California

USACE is requesting feedback from the construction industry about government-mandated PLAs on unspecified large-scale federal projects within Western states (primarily Utah, Nevada and Colorado). NAVFAC is seeking comments on the use of PLAs for the P-229 Weapons Surveillance and Test Laboratory and Calibration Laboratory at Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, Calif. 
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Baltimore Metro Chapter Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Construction Student

The ABC Baltimore Metro Chapter’s Women in ABC committee Jan. 15 awarded $4,000 to high school student Emily Burgess of Seton Keough High School for submitting a winning design in a canned food construction project competition.
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ABC Members Send 3200 Letters to Elected Officials Using ABC Advocacy App

Since its launch in February, ABC members have used the ABC Action app to send more than 3200 letters to their elected officials addressing issues critical to the merit shop construction industry. 
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Santa Fe City Council Repeals Union-favoring Ordinance

The merit shop construction industry celebrated a victory Feb. 27 when the Santa Fe City Council in New Mexico repealed a controversial ordinance that required the use of wasteful and discriminatory community workforce agreements (CWAs) on all city-funded projects costing more than $500,000. 
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Carpenters Union Conducts Unfair Bannering Campaign in Wichita

A “Fact Finder 12” special report by Kansas station KWCH-TV revealed that a bannering campaign conducted by Carpenters Local 201 was nothing more than an intimidation tactic to protest against nonunion contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Bill Introduced to Require Statistical Calculation of Davis-Bacon Wages

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Feb. 1 introduced the Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act (H.R. 448), which would require prevailing wage rates to be scientifically determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for New Mexico Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a project at the New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base.
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ABC Launches Political Advocacy App

ABC Feb. 6 launched the first-of-its-kind ABC Action app that enables users to become a vital part of ABC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and further the merit shop philosophy. The app is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
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USACE Issues PLA Surveys for New Jersey and Virginia

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is requesting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of PLA on large-scale construction projects exceeding $25 million in New Jersey and Virginia.

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