The House of Representatives today failed—on a vote of 209-216—to pass AGC-supported legislation that would block further implementation of President Obama’s 2009 executive order encouraging federal agencies to consider government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction projects. AGC, along with other industry allies, urged members of the House to support this initiative and will continue to advocate against government-mandated PLAs.
AGC neither supports nor opposes contractors’ voluntary use of PLAs on government projects, but strongly opposes any government mandate for use of PLAs. AGC has sent over 100 letters to federal agencies opposing PLA mandates and bid preferences during the Obama administration, most in response to agency announcements that a PLA mandate or preference was under consideration for a particular project or an anticipated set of projects in a particular area. Of those, only one PLA mandate has been issued to date.
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