Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLA)

Letter to Congress

A government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) is one in which the government requires contractors to negotiate a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project. PLAs typically restrict the majority of employment to those workers whom unions are willing to refer to the project. This leads to a negative impact on non-union companies, small companies, and other disadvantaged businesses as they are frequently excluded from contracting opportunities by such agreements.

AGC is continually working to educate members of Congress and the Federal Agencies on the implications of encouraging or requiring the use of PLAs on Federal construction projects.

AGC Policy & Background Information

Oppose All Efforts to Encourage the Use of Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on Federal Construction Projects

AGC Message:

  • AGC is Committed to Full and Open Competition for All Public Projects. AGC strongly believes that the choice of whether to adopt a collective bargaining agreement should be left to the contractor-employers and their employees, and that such a choice should not be imposed as a condition to competing for, or performing on, a publicly funded project. Government mandates and preferences for PLAs can restrain competition, drive up costs, cause delays, lead to jobsite disputes, and disrupt local collective bargaining. In cases where use of a PLA would benefit a particular project, the construction contractors otherwise qualified to perform the work would be the first to recognize that fact and to adopt a PLA voluntarily. They would also be the most qualified to negotiate the terms of such an agreement.
  • Government-Mandated PLAs Can Have the Effect of Limiting the Number of Competitors on a Project. This is because government mandates for PLAs typically require contractors to make fundamental, often costly changes in the way they do business. For example, a PLA may require a contractor to recognize the local unions as the representatives of their employees on that job; use the union hiring hall to obtain workers; reintroduce inefficient work rules that have been abandoned over the course of collective bargaining; and pay into union benefit and multi-employer pension plans that nonunion employees will never be able to access, forcing non-signatory employers to pay twice for retirement and health care benefits. Such changes are impracticable for many contractors and subcontractors, particularly those not historically signatory to collective bargaining agreements. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union representation in the U.S. construction industry dropped another 5.6 percent in 2010, to a level of only 13.7 percent.
  • There is No Evidence Proving the Claim that PLAs Will Improve the Economy or Efficiency of a Project. Case studies of the economic benefits of PLAs have had varying conclusions. The Congressional Research Service recently issued a report examining many of the arguments for and against PLAs and reviewing previously published research on their economic effects. The Government Accounting Office also reported that it could not document the alleged benefits of past mandates for PLAs on federal projects and that it doubted such benefits could ever be documented due to the difficulty of finding projects similar enough to compare and the difficulty of conclusively demonstrating that performance differences were due to the PLA versus other factors.

Additional Information

To view the AGC of America Policy adopted by the board in 2009, please click here.

To view AGC’s Talking Points on Executive Order 13502, please click here.

For more more in-depth background information on PLA’s, please check out our guidebook: Government Mandated Labor Agreements in Public Construction: Their History and Factors to Consider.

Regulations & Guidance

Executive Order 13502

On February 6, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13502 entitled Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects. The Executive Order, which was published in the Federal Register on February 11, 2011, encourages government agencies to use PLA’s in large-scale federal construction projects where the total cost to the Government is $25 million or more. President Obama justifies the use of PLA’s in 13502 by stating that “construction employers typically do not have a permanent workforce, which makes it difficult for them to predict labor costs when bidding on contracts and to ensure a steady supply of labor on contracts being performed. Challenges also arise due to the fact that construction projects typically involve multiple employers at a single location. A labor dispute involving one employer can delay the entire project. A lack of coordination among various employers, or uncertainty about the terms and conditions of employment of various groups of workers can create frictions and disputes in the absence of an agreed-upon resolution mechanism. These problems threaten the efficient and timely completion of construction projects undertaken by federal contractors.”

To address these perceived challenges, Executive Order 13502 encourages, but does not mandate, the use of PLAs on large-scale construction projects. Rather, agencies may on a project-by-project basis, require the use of a PLA by a contractor where use of such an agreement will advance the Government’s interest in achieving economy and efficiency in federal procurement, producing labor-management stability, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations governing safety and health, equal employment opportunity, labor and employment standards, and other matters. If appropriate, an agency may require that every contractor or subcontractor on the project agree to negotiate or become a party to a PLA with one or more appropriate labor organizations.

The Administration issued the final rule in the Federal Register on April 13, 2010 amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Executive Order.

Agency Policies

Oppose Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)

Background:

  • The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act would ensure fairness in the federal procurement process. Efforts that would impose or favor the use of government mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally funded construction projects should be opposed.
  • PLAs effectively compel both union and open shop contractors to alter their hiring practices, work rules, job assignments, and benefits in order to compete for or to perform work on publicly funded projects.
  • There is no reliable evidence that project labor agreements improve the performance and they can even give rise to jurisdictional disputes that would not otherwise occur.

Action Needed:

Contact your elected officials and ask them to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act to keep in place the well-settled patterns of labor-management relations in the construction industry and the cost-effectiveness of public works.

Legislation of the 112th Congress:

S. 119: Government Neutrality in Contracting Act – Would preserve open competition and Federal Government neutrality towards the labor relations of Federal Government contractors on Federal and federally funded construction projects. (Introduced Jan. 25, 2011)

H.R. 735: Government Neutrality in Contracting Act – Would preserve open competition and Federal Government neutrality towards the labor relations of Federal Government contractors on Federal and federally funded construction projects. (Introduced Feb. 16, 2011)

H.Amdt. 147 to H.R. 1 – Amendment sought to prohibit the use of funds to enter into a Government contract that requires a project labor agreement. (Vote failed 210 – 210, Feb. 19, 2011)

H.Amdt. 388 to H.R. 2017 – Amendment sought to prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502 which mandates project labor agreements (PLA's) on projects that are worth $25 million or more. (Vote failed 207-213, June 2, 2011)

H.Amdt. 411 to H.R. 2055 – Amendment to strike Section 415 of the bill which would prohibit the use of federal funds to require by contract the use of a PLA for projects funded during fiscal year 2012. (Vote passed 204-203, June 13, 2011)

Testimony and Letters to Capitol Hill:

06/13/2011 Letter to House of Representatives re LaTourette H.Amdt. 411 to H.R. 2055

On June 13, 2011 Congressman LaTourette offered H.Amdt. 411 to H.R. 2055, which would strike Section 415 of the bill which would prohibit the use of federal funds to require by contract the use of a PLA for projects funded during fiscal year 2012. AGC sent a letter to Speaker Boehner to express opposition to the amendment. On June 13, 2011 the amendment passed by a vote of 204-203.

06/03/2011 AGC Statement for House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing

On June 3, 2011 Mike Kennedy, Chief Counsel for the Associated General Contractors of America testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform at a hearing titled, “H.R. 735 and Project Labor Agreements: Restoring Competition and Neutrality to Government Construction Projects.” AGC also submitted a written statement expressing concern with the use of Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements.

06/02/2011 Letter to House of Repesentatives re Scalise H.Amdt. 388 to H.R. 2017

On June 1, 2011 Congressman Scalise offered H.Amdt. 388 to H.R. 2017, which would prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502 which mandates project labor agreements (PLA's) on projects that are worth $25 million or more. On June 2, 2011 AGC sent a letter to the House of Representatives expressing support of the amendment. On June 2, 2011 the amendment failed by a vote of 207-213.

03/16/2011 Statement of the Associated General Contractors of America - PLA Hearing

On March 16, 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled, “Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: The Cost of Doing Business in the Construction Industry.” AGC submitted a written statement expressing concern with the use of Government Mandated Project Labor Agreements.

02/17/2011 Letter to Rep Guinta re Guinta H.Amdt. 147 to H.R. 1

On February 18, 2011 Congressman Guinta offered H.Amdt. 147 to bill H.R. 1, which would prohibit the use of funds to enter into a Government contract that requires a Project Labor Agreement. On February 17, 2011 AGC sent a letter to Congressman Guinta to express support for his Amendment. On February 19, 2011 the amendment failed by a vote of 210-210.

02/17/2011 Letter to House of Representatives re Guinta H.Amdt. 147 to H.R. 1

On February 18, 2011 Congressman Guinta offered H.Amdt. 147 to bill H.R. 1, which would prohibit the use of funds to enter into a Government contract that requires a Project Labor Agreement. On February 17, 2011 AGC sent a letter to the House leadership expressing support for the Guinta Amendment. On February 19, 2011 the amendment failed by a vote of 210-210.

Regulatory Advocacy

Solicitations on several federal construction projects requiring bidders to submit an executed project labor agreement (PLA) prompted AGC to write and call agency officials expressing strong concern.

The letters are the latest of AGC's continuing successful efforts to educate government agencies about PLA issues and implications. While AGC neither supports nor opposes PLAs in general, AGC strongly opposes government mandates for PLAs on publicly funded construction projects. AGC is committed to free and open competition in all public construction markets and believes that publicly-funded contracts should be awarded without regard to the lawful labor relations policies and practices of the government contractor.

Letters to Administration:

08/17/2010 – AGC letter to President Obama on Executive Order 16502

Letters to the Federal Agencies:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

09/08/2010 – FHWA-funded Construction Projects

02/12/2010 – Lake Champlain Bridge, Lake Champlain, Vermont

Department of Labor (DOL)

10/07/2011 – Jobs Corps Center, Manchester, New Hampshire

09/23/2009 – Jobs Corps Center, Manchester, New Hampshire

General Services Administration (GSA)

03/01/2011 – Social Security Administration National Support Center

01/04/2011 – New Federal Office Building, Broward County, Florida

11/22/2010 – NASA Langley Research Center

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)

01/03/2013 – NAVFAC Washington: NSA Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland

11/19/2012 – NAVFAC Southwest: Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California

11/06/2012 – NAVFAC Southwest: Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California

10/31/2012 – NAVFAC Southwest: Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California

10/31/2012 – NAVFAC Northwest: Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Silverdale, Washington

10/30/2012 – NAVFAC Northwest: Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington

03/23/2012 – NAVFAC Southwest: Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona

01/09/2012 – NAVFAC Northwest: Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor

01/03/2012 – NAVFAC Southwest: Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California

12/15/2011 – NAVFAC Southwest: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California

11/17/2011 – NAVFAC Washington: Quantico, Virginia

11/11/2011 – NAVFAC Washington: Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, Maryland

06/17/2011 – NAVAC Southeast: Saufley Field Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

10/06/2010 – NAVFAC Marianas: Projects in Guam

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

02/19/2013 – Albuquerque District: Clovis Micropolitan Statistical Area, New Mexico

02/05/2013 – Huntington District: Bolivar Dam, Ohio

02/04/2013 – Norfolk District: Fort Lee, Virginia

01/22/2013 – St. Paul District: Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project, North Dakota/Minnesota

01/17/2013 – Louisville District: Fort Campbell, Kentucky

01/14/2013 – Baltimore District: Baltimore-Washington Corridor, Maryland/D.C.

01/11/2013 – Los Angeles District: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

01/08/2013 – Vicksburg District: Edwards Air Force Base, California

01/08/2013 – Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

12/19/2012 – Wilmington District: Fort Bragg, North Carolina

10/18/2012 – Norfolk District: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

06/14/2012 – New York District: United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

04/17/2012 – Fort Hunter-Liggett, California

03/19/2012 – Savannah District: Design/Construction Boundaries, Georgia

02/21/2012 – Huntington District: Bluestone Dam, Hinton, West Virginia

12/20/2011 – Fort Worth District: JLENS Tactical Training Facility

12/15/2011 – Fort Worth District: Clovis Micropolitan Statistical Area, New Mexico

11/14/2011 – Fort Worth District: Comstock Border Patrol Complex Task Order

11/14/2011 – Omaha District: Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area

10/27/2011 – AGC Letter to USACE Los Angeles District regarding the use of PLAs on the Mary Walker Clinic in Fort Irwin, CA

08/11/2011 – AGC Letter to Omaha District for Maintenance Dock in Minot, ND

07/27/2011 – AGC Letter to New Orleans District for Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project, Orleans Parish, LA

06/16/2011 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District for Hospital Nutrition Care Department Addition at joint Base in San Antonio, TX

06/14/2011 – AGC Letter to Los Angeles District for the Lower Santa Ana River Channel, Prado Dam in Riverside County, CA

05/25/2011 – AGC Letter to Mobile District at Redstone Arsenal, AL

05/20/2011 – AGC Letter to Hawaii District for the Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter, HI

05/19/2011 – AGC Letter to Omaha District within Omaha/Lincoln Metro Area

04/26/2011 – AGC Letter to Los Angeles District on the Use of PLAs at Luke Air Force Base, AZ

03/17/2011 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District Fort Bliss, TX and Lackland Air Force Base, TX

02/03/2011 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District at White Sands Missile Range, NM and Fort Jackson, SC

12/10/2010 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

11/24/2010 – AGC Letter to South Atlantic Division on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

11/01/2010 – AGC Letter to Louisville District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects within the Fort Campbell, KY Area

10/29/2010 – AGC Letter to Savannah District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

10/18/2010 – AGC Letter to Hawaii District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

08/12/2010 – AGC Letter to Mobile District for Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, FL

08/12/2010 – AGC Letter to USACE Headquarters on PLA Guidance

02/19/2013 - Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico

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AGC provided comments on February 19, 2013 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District regarding the potential use of PLAs for a replacement medical and dental clinic within the Clovis Micropolitan Statistical Area, which contains Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

02/05/2013 - Bolivar Dam, Ohio

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AGC provided comments on February 5, 2013 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming major rehabilitation project at Bolivar Dam, Ohio.

02/04/2013 - Fort Lee, Virginia

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AGC provided comments on February 4, 2013 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District regarding the potential use of PLAs for construction services for the AIT Barracks Complex Phase II at Fort Lee, Virginia.

12/15/2011 - Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico

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AGC provided comments on December 15, 2011 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District regarding the potential use of PLAs on large-scale construction projects within the Clovis Micropolitan Statistical Area, which contains Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

11/06/2012 - Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California

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AGC provided comments on November 6, 2012 to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project to repair the HVAC and ductwork systems (phases 2 and 3) at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, California.

10/30/2012 - Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington

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AGC provided comments on October 30, 2012 to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project for a fire station renovation of Building 435 at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington.

01/03/2013 - NSA Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland

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AGC provided comments on January 3, 2013 to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project to construct the Naval Medical Clinic at NSA Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland.

10/31/2012 - Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor, Silverdale, Washington

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AGC provided comments on October 31, 2012 to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest regarding the potential use of PLAs on the industrial control system modernization project at Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton in Bremerton, Washington and at Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.

10/31/2012 - Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California

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AGC provided comments on October 31, 2012 to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project for the construction of a multi-story, 234 module Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) building at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, California.

03/23/2012 - Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona

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AGC provided comments on March 23, 2012 to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest regarding the potential use of PLAs on the joint strike fighter auxiliary landing field at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

06/14/2012 - United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

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AGC provided comments on June 14, 2012 to the USACE District in New York regarding the potential use of PLAs on the new cadet barracks at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

03/19/2012 - Fort Hunter-Liggett, California

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AGC provided comments on March 19, 2012 to the USACE Savannah District regarding the potential use of PLAs on large-scale construction projects within the Savannah District Design/Construction Boundaries.

04/17/2012 - Fort Hunter-Liggett, California

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AGC provided comments on April 17, 2012 to the USACE Louisville District regarding the potential use of PLAs on the two-phase procurement to design and construct an operational readiness training complex at Fort Hunter-Liggett in California.

01/08/2013 - Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

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AGC provided comments on January 8, 2013 to the USACE Vicksburg District regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project for the Hurrican Protection System, West Bank, Non-Federal Levee from Oakvill to La Reussite in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

12/19/2012 – Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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On December 19, 2012, AGC sent two letters to the Corps Wilmington District regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project for the Battalion Operations Facility at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

01/08/2013 - Edwards Air Force Base, California

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AGC again provided comments on January 8, 2013, to the USACE Los Angeles District regarding the potential use of PLAs for the Replacement of the JP-8 Bulk Fuel Storage at Edwards Air Force Base in California. AGC previously sent a letter to the Los Angeles District regarding the potential use of PLAs on large-scale construction projects within the Los Angeles District Design/Construction Boundaries, dated April 26, 2011.

01/11/2013 - Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

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AGC again provided comments on January 11, 2013, to the USACE Los Angeles District regarding the potential use of PLAs for construction services for the NAF Visiting Quarters at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. AGC previously sent a letter to the Los Angeles District regarding the potential use of PLAs on large-scale construction projects within the Los Angeles District Design/Construction Boundaries, dated April 26, 2011.

01/22/2013 - Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project

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AGC provided comments on January 22, 2013, to the USACE St. Paul District regarding the potential use of PLAs for upcoming work on the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management project.

01/17/2013 - Fort Campbell, Kentucky

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AGC provided comments on January 17, 2013, to the USACE Louisville District regarding the potential use of PLAs for the elementary school project at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

01/14/2013 – Baltimore-Washington Corridor

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On January 14, 2013, AGC sent a letter to the Corps Baltimore District in relation to USACE’s possible use of project labor agreements on upcoming projects within the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.

10/18/2012 – Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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On October 18, 2012, AGC sent a letter to the USACE Norfolk District to address the potential use of a project labor agreement on the Millennium Construction Project at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

02/21/2012 – Bluestone Dam, Hinton, West Virginia

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AGC provided comments on February 21, 2012 to the USACE Huntington District regarding the potential use of PLAs on the Dam Safety Assurance Phase 4 of the Bluestone Dam in Hinton, West Virginia.

11/19/2012 - Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California

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AGC provided comments on November 19, 2012, to NAVFAC Southwest regarding the potential use of PLAs on an upcoming project for the replacement of the aging and seismically deficient Fuiel Pier - Pier 180 - at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, California.

10/27/2011 - AGC Letter to USACE Los Angeles District regarding the use of PLAs on the Mary Walker Clinic in Fort Irwin, CA

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AGC provided comments on October 27, 2011, to the USACE Los Angeles District regarding the potential use of PLAs for the construction of a replacement hospital and the renovation of the existing Mary Walker Clinic at Fort Irwin, California.

11/14/2011 – AGC Letter on the Potential Use of PLAs on Large-scale Construction Projects within the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area

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On November 14, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Corps to address the potential use of project labor agreements on large-scale construction projects within the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area, which contains Fort Carson and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

11/14/2011 – AGC Letter on the Comstock Border Patrol Complex Task Order

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On November 14, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Corps Fort Worth District to address the potential use of a project labor agreement for the Comstock Border Patrol Complex Task Order.

12/20/2011 – AGC Letter on the JLENS Tactical Training Facility

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On December 20, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Corps Fort Worth District regarding the potential use of PLAs at JLENS Tactical Training Facility — Infrastructure, Utilities and Road Improvements Project. AGC has previously detailed concerns regarding the potential use of PLAs on large-scale construction projects within the Fort Worth District Design/Construction boundaries of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

11/11/2011 – AGC Letter on the Potential Use of PLAs within the Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, Maryland

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On November 11, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command regarding NAVFAC Washington’s potential use of a project labor agreement for a large-scale construction project within the Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, Maryland, that includes the construction of an ambulatory care center.

11/17/2011 – AGC Letter on the Potential Use of PLAs on Large-scale Construction Projects within the Quantico, VA Area

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On November 17, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command regarding NAVFAC Washington’s potential use of a project labor agreement for a large-scale construction project within the Quantico, VA area, including the design and construction of an addition to the Marine Corps Research Center, a new Marine Corps University Academic Instruction Facility, and a multi-story covered parking deck.

12/15/2011 – AGC Letter on the Potential Use of PLAs at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA

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On December 15, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in relation to NAVFAC Southwest’s possible use of project labor agreements in two upcoming projects at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA (Camp Pendleton).

1/3/2012 – AGC Letter on the Potential Use of PLAs at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA

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On January 3, 2012, AGC sent a letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in relation to NAVFAC Southwest’s possible use of project labor agreements in two upcoming projects at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.

1/9/2012 – AGC Letter on the Potential Use of PLAs at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor

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On January 9, 2012, AGC sent a letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in relation to NAVFAC Northwest’s decision to mandate the use of project labor agreement for the construction of the P-990 Explosive Handling Warf #2 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and impose a pre-negotiated PLA on contractors who will work on the project.

2/12/2010 – AGC Letter to FHWA on the Lake Champlain Bridge in Lake Champlain, VT

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AGC sent a letter on February 12, 2010, to the Federal Highway Administration for the Lake Champlain Bridge project in Lake Champlain, Vermont. AGC provided comments regarding the State of New York?s request that a Project Labor Agreement be mandated for the Lake Champlain Bridge Project and asked that New York?s request be denied.

9/8/2010 – AGC Letter to FHWA on the use of PLAs on FHWA-funded Construction Projects

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AGC sent a letter on September 8, 2010, to the Federal Highway Administration on their Interim Guidance on the use of PLAs on FHWA-funded Construction Projects. AGC provided comments reiterating AGCs opposition to government-mandated PLAs.

8/11/2011 – AGC Letter to Omaha District for Maintenance Dock in Minot, ND

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On Aug. 11, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Omaha District of USACE providing comment on their solicitation regarding the potential use of PLAs for the B-52 Two-Bay Phase Maintenance Dock in Minot, North Dakota.

8/17/2010 – AGC letter to President Obama on Executive Order 16502

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On August 17, 2010 the Associated General Contractors of America sent a letter to the White House on Executive Order 16502, calling on President Obama to protect Federal contracting officers from political pressure to implement government-mandated PLAs. AGC CEO Steve Sandherr asked that the President send an "unmistakable and public" message that political appointees should not cross the line between politics and procurement.

10/7/2011 – AGC Letter on the New Jobs Corps Center in Manchester, New Hampshire

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On October 7, 2011, AGC sent a letter to DOL expressing our concern over the use of a Project Labor Agreement for the construction of the New Hampshire Jobs Corps Center in Manchester, NH. The Department of Labor determined that the scale of this project required the use of a Project Labor Agreement.

9/23/2009 – AGC Letter to DOL on the Jobs Corps Center in Manchester, New Hampshire

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On August 28, 2009 and on September 16, 2009 the Department of Labor issued two solicitations for the same project on the construction of the New Hampshire Jobs Corps Center in Manchester, NH. The Department of Labor determined that the scale of this project required the use of a Project Labor Agreement. AGC sent a letter to DOL expressing our concern over the use of a Project Labor Agreement for the construction of the Jobs Corps Center.

3/1/2011 – AGC Letter to GSA on the Social Security Administration National Support Center

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On March 1, 2011 the General Services Administration issued a pre-solicitation to Design-Build teams for the construction of the Social Security Administration National Support Center. The GSA included a Project Labor Agreement as part of their evaluation process. AGC submitted a letter of concern regarding the Project Labor Agreement criteria to the GSA Contracting Officer.

1/4/2011 – AGC Letter to GSA on the New Federal Office Building in Broward County, FL

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On July 23, 2010 the General Services Administration issued a solicitation to Bridging Design-Build teams for the construction of the New Federal Office Building in Broward County, FL. The GSA included a Project Labor Agreement as part of their evaluation process. AGC submitted a letter of concern regarding Project Labor Agreements to the GSA Contracting Officer.

11/22/2010 – Letter to GSA re PLA on NASA Langley Research Center

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On November 22, 2010, the General Services Administration issued a solicitation to Design-Build entities for the design and construction of the Integrated Engineering Services Building at the NASA Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA. The GSA included a Project Labor Agreement as part of their evaluation process. AGC submitted a letter of concern regarding PLAs to the GSA Contracting Officer.

6/17/2011 – AGC Letter to NAVAC Southeast for Renovation at Saufley Field Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL

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On June 17, 2011 AGC sent comments on the potential use of project labor agreements to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast for their project to renovate B603 at Saufley Field Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

10/6/2010 – Letter to NAVFAC Marianas for Projects in Guam

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On September 21, 2010, AGC was invited by NAVFAC officials in Guam to comment on the feasibility of implementing a PLA for military construction taking place on the island. AGC strongly encouraged NAVFAC to refrain from requiring PLAs on this work in a letter to officials sent on October 6, 2010.

7/27/2011 – AGC Letter to New Orleans District for Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project, Orleans Parish, LA

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AGC sent comments on June 16, 2011, to the Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District providing comment on their solicitation for the potential use of project labor agreements for the Southeast Louisiana Drainage project in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

6/16/2011 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District for Hospital Nutrition Care Department Addition at joint Base in San Antonio, TX

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AGC sent comments on June 16, 2011, to the Fort Worth District for the Hospital Nutrition Care Department Addition/Alteration, Phase I, project at Joint Base in San Antonio, Texas. AGC reiterated to the Fort Worth District USACE its arguments opposing the potential use of PLAs in the San Antonio and other areas within the Fort Worth District boundaries.

6/14/2011 – AGC Letter to Los Angeles District for the Lower Santa Ana River Channel, Prado Dam in Riverside County, CA

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On June 14, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers providing comment on their solicitation regarding the potential use of project labor agreements (PLAs) for the Santa Ana River Mainstem, Lower Santa Ana River Channel, Reach 9 - Phase 2A, Prado Dam , Riverside County, California.

5/25/11 – AGC Letter to Mobile District at Redstone Arsenal, AL

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On May 25, AGC sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District of the Corps providing comment on the potential use of PLAs for a project in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

5/20/2011 – AGC Letter to Hawaii District for the Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter, HI

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On May 20, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Hawaii District of the Corps providing comment on their solicitation regarding the potential use of PLAs for the Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

5/19/11 – AGC Letter to Omaha District within Omaha/Lincoln Metro Area

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On May 19, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers providing comment on their solicitation regarding the potential use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale construction projects (exceeding $25 million) within the Omaha/Lincoln Metro area.

4/26/2011 – AGC Letter to Los Angeles District on the Use of PLAs at Luke Air Force Base, AZ

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On May 19, 2011, AGC sent a letter to the Los Angeles District of the Army Corps of Engineers providing comment on their solicitation regarding the potential use of project labor agreements on large-scale construction projects in the state of Arizona, and in particular at Luke Air Force Base.

3/17/2011 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District Fort Bliss, TX and Lackland Air Force Base, TX

On May 19, 2011, AGC sent two letters to the Fort Worth District of the Army Corps of Engineers providing comment on their solicitation regarding the potential use of project labor agreements for the construction of Fort Bliss Hospital Infrastructure Task Order at Fort Bliss and the Lackland Ambulatory Care Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

2/3/2011 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District at White Sands Missile Range, NM and Fort Jackson, SC

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On January 24, 2011 the Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District issued two solicitations for comments, one for unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing at the White Sands Missile Range, NM and the other for a brigade combat tem barracks at Fort Jackson, SC. AGC responded by providing comments to the CORPS Forth Worth District.

12/10/2010 – AGC Letter to Fort Worth District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

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On December 10, 2010 the Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers released a solicitation for comments on the potential use of Project Labor Agreements on large-scale construction projects. AGC responded by providing comments to the USACE Forth Worth District.

11/24/2010 – AGC Letter to South Atlantic Division on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

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On November 19, 2010 the Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division solicited comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of project labor agreements for large-scale construction projects. AGC responded by providing comments to the CORPS South Atlantic Division.

11/1/2010 – AGC Letter to Louisville District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects within the Fort Campbell, KY Area

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On November 1, 2010, AGC sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District providing comment on the solicitation for the potential use of project labor agreements on large-scale construction projects within the Fort Campbell, Kentucky area.

10/29/2010 – AGC Letter to Savannah District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

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On October 29, 2010, the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a formal information request from industry on the potential use of PLAs for large scale construction contracts ($25 million or more). AGC submitted a letter to the Savannah District in response to their request. AGC worked closely with the Georgia Branch AGC and Carolinas AGC to address this issue.

10/18/2010 – AGC Letter to Hawaii District on the Use of PLAs on Large-Scale Construction Projects

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On September 24, 2010 USACE Hawaii District requested a solicitation of comments for information on whether the District should utilize PLAs on large scale construction projects in the state of Hawaii. In response to the District’s solicitation for comments, AGC submitted a letter.

8/12/2010 – AGC Letter to Mobile District for Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, FL

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On August 12, 2010, AGC sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District providing comment on the solicitation for the potential use of project labor agreements for the construction of the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

8/12/2010 – AGC Letter to USACE Headquarters on PLA Guidance

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On August 12, 2010, AGC sent a letter to high-ranking officials at USACE headquarters. The letter urged the agency to exercise the broad latitude granted to it by the executive order and it’s implementing regulations to refrain from imposing any PLA mandates. The letter also urged the USACE to direct its division and district commands to follow suit. Given the political pressure to consider PLAs, AGC also provided the agency with a recommended approach for conducting a thorough, fact-based analysis of particular criteria for determining the appropriateness of a PLA mandate, demonstrating the many complications inherent in such mandates and the impediments that they present to achieving economy and efficiency in government procurement.

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