Project Labor Agreements Are Wasteful & Delay Construction
Anti-competitive government mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are special interest kickback schemes that end open, fair and competitive bidding on construction projects. PLAs discourage or eliminate merit shop contractors from competing for and winning contracts on construction projects. Construction contracts subject to PLAs are almost always awarded exclusively to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces. Less competition and archaic and inefficient union rules increase the cost of construction projects subject to PLAs.
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 14.5 percent of the 2009 U.S. private construction workforce belongs to a union. This means PLAs discriminate against more than eight out of 10 construction workers who would otherwise work on construction projects if not for a PLA.