The Associated Builders and Contractors is continuing its initiative to prevent government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on four significant Ft. Bragg projects.
The association reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, has issued four surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of the PLAs on federal contracts to construct the Training Command Building, an Intelligence Training Center, the Battalion Operations Facility, and the SOF Special Tactics Facility Phase 2 projects in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, a project of ABC National, encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. The association believes “government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.”
USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 260 similar project labor agreement surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama’s pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate PLAs on a case-by-case basis for federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost,” ABC says.
“TheTruthAboutPLAs.com has taken the opportunity to respond to all PLA surveys as they are issued and encourages the merit shop contracting community to do the same. Responding with accurate and timely information is critical and effective at creating more work for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees. Due to our collective advocacy, none of these projects have had PLAs mandated on them.”