Project Labor Agreements Are Taxpayer Funded Special Interest Handouts

Project Labor Agreements (PLA) are special interest schemes that discourage competition from nonunion contractors for taxpayer funded public sector construction projects.

In order to bid on a local, state or federal project, nonunion contractors must agree to recognize the union as representatives of their workers on that job; hire workers from union shops; obey union rules and regulations; and contribute to union pension plans, from which they will never benefit.   They can increases construction costs by nearly 20%.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 14% of the 2011 private construction workforce belong to a union.  This means that PLAs discriminate against 86%  of construction workers.

PLAs are special interest handouts that taxpayers can no longer afford.

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