From category archives: ABC Academy & GA Articles

ABC of New Jersey Wins Appeal that Could Curb Local PLA Mandate

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of New Jersey applauded a federal court decision issued Sept. 12 that could end up prohibiting Jersey City, N.J., from mandating the use of union-only project labor agreements (PLAs) on certain tax-abated construction projects. ABC has long maintained that PLAs reduce competition and drive up the cost of development. Read the rest of entry »

West Virginia Enacts Prevailing Wage Repeal and Right to Work

On Feb. 12, the West Virginia Legislature voted to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes of  a prevailing wage repeal bill and the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, making West Virginia the 26th Right to Work state in the country and the fourth state to pass Right to Work since 2012. 
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Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Banning Government-Mandated PLAs

ABC and ABC’s Inland Pacific Chapter celebrated a victory Sept. 16 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
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Nevada Becomes the 23rd State to Ban PLA Mandates

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation June 9 to make Nevada the 23rd state to restrict the ability of state and local government entities to implement wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
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The ABCs of Lobbying

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Watch Now
Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30 p.m. (CT) / 1:30 p.m. (MT) / 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Length: 30 minutes
Fee: Free
Speakers: Geoff Burr, VP Federal Affairs, ABC National 
  Kristen Swearingen, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, ABC National  
Category: Davis-Bacon Act, PLAs, Labor/NLRB, Health Care, Union Organizing, Regulations
 

In preparation for ABC’s 2014 Legislative Conference, ABC’s federal affairs staff will review the basic steps you need to know in order to effectively lobby your representatives.
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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

Anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements end open, fair and competitive bidding on contracts to build taxpayer-funded construction projects. Government-mandated PLAs discourage merit shop contractors from bidding on taxpayer-funded construction contracts and drive up costs by between 12% and 20%, which results in fewer infrastructure improvements and reduced construction industry job creation.
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