A government-imposed project work contract (PLA) is an anti-competitive and costly program, designed by Big Labor and sympathetic public servants to secure construction contracts with unionized contractors and union members, while cutting off competition between skilled contractors and their skilled employees. Some levels of government have taken steps to put an end to abusive project work agreements. President Bush signed an executive order prohibiting federal authorities and other agencies that receive federal aid for construction projects from using LTAs. (Click here to see the executive order.) Montana and Utah have passed similar laws prohibiting government-imposed project work contracts. Even under a project work contract, employees retain certain rights. First, all workers have the right not to be fully unionized and not to pay union fees or reduced taxes depending on the state in which they work. (Click here for more information.) Second, if the PLA requires all workers to be hired by an exclusive union hiring hall, the hiring room should not distinguish between union and union employees. Finally, if a PLA can require union representation for a given public construction project, this forced representation does not automatically extend to other projects on which a contractor is working. The Dulles Metrorail project is a 23-mile extension of the DC Metro rapid transit system that connects downtown D.C. to Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
This long-awaited, new and comfortable railway line offers many advantages to the region and unites the territorial communities like never before. Phase I of the PLA project was an amazing success for taxpayers, businesses and workers in the region. From the outset, Phase I was not tormented by the problems that weighed on other major non-PLA projects in the region. For example, the nearby Springfield interchange – originally a $200 million project – cost taxpayers nearly 300 percent more, five workers died during construction, and only one lawsuit against a contractor gave it a chance to be ready in time. On the other hand, on the Dulles Metrorail, the PLA kept the project to term and budgeted – and without a single loss of employment or time due to accidents, because the workers were skilled and well trained. The PLA also ensured that the jobs created by the project were family support jobs, with fair wages, which were returned to local communities and local businesses. With the Dulles Metrorail, residents have expanded local transportation opportunities, businesses enjoy a multitude of economic benefits and taxpayers are proud to invest in the future of the region. […] Labour leaders and the State-mandated project work agreement (PLA) Supporters often argue that THE PLA is the only way to […] […] The hearing will focus primarily on the impact of anti-competitive and costly public project employment contracts on the construction industry, but it will also be […] Right to work laws are laws that will be enforced in 22 years of America.