By Ben Brubeck, The Truth About PLAs
Today, ABC issued a press release in support of the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109), an important piece of legislation supported by the contracting community and TheTruthAboutPLAs.com.
The measure prohibits federal agencies from requiring or prohibiting contractors to execute project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning a contract to build a federal or federally assisted construction project. It also prohibits discriminatory PLA preferences on federal and federally assisted construction projects. While allowing contractors to voluntarily enter into PLAs without government coercion, this legislation will effectively stop anti-competitive and costly government-mandated PLAs promoted by the Obama administration.
The text of the bill is the same as the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 735/S.119) from the 112th Congress, which received a record 181 cosponsors in the House, 32 cosponsors in the Senate, a House subcommittee hearing and broad support from a diverse coalition of construction industry associations and employer groups opposed to government-mandated PLAs.