ABC Continues Successful Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

The Truth About Project Labor Agreements

In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis. Many merit shop advocates of fair and open competition predicted it would lead to billions of dollars’ worth of federal construction contracts being awarded to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces—without true competition from qualified merit shop contractors.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, National Labor Relations Act and more

The National Law Review

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Tribe) owns and operates Little River Casino Resort, whose revenues provide half the Tribe’s budget. The casino employs 107 members of the Tribe, 27 members of other tribes and 771 non-Indians. The majority of the casino’s customers are non-Indians. The Tribe’s Fair Employment Practices Code (FEPC) gives the Tribe the extensive authority to determine the terms and conditions under which collective bargaining may occur and prohibits strikes.

A looming European-style jobs wasteland

By Rick Berman, The Washington Times

Former gang members in Los Angeles can get paid to remove tattoos, work at cafes, and do other odd jobs at a nonprofit company called Homeboy Industries, which tries to transition ex-cons back into the workforce. In Europe, similar transitional work charities exist for a less marginalized group — the long-term unemployed.

Whitehouse, Reed don’t pay interns

By Michael Saltsman, Providence Journal

New faces will soon fill the halls of Capitol Hill office buildings as students fresh off their final exams come to Washington for summer internships. Many of them will be in the offices of the 199 congressional sponsors of the recently proposed Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage by 66 percent from $7.25 to $12 per hour. This includes the offices of Rhode Island Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, both Democrats, who are sponsors of the bill.

Labor board overreach

By Richard Berman, The Wall Street Journal

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stacked with Democratic appointees loyal to Big Labor, enacted new procedures to govern unionization elections.