In a survey of more than 500 members of Associated Builders and Contractors, 98 percent said they were less likely to bid on a taxpayer-funded construction contract if the bid specifications required the winning firm to sign a project labor agreement with labor unions. Additionally, 97 percent stated that a construction contract mandating a PLA would be more expensive compared to a contract procured via free and open competition.
There was near unanimous consent that a PLA would result in worse local hiring outcomes for a project, and almost 90 percent of respondents agreed that a PLA would decrease the hiring of women, veterans and disadvantaged business enterprises.
Reprinted courtesy of Joanna Masterson, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.