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@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 16, 2013

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRB Administration, Project Labor Agreements, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Gov. Christie Vetoes Sandy Project Labor Agreements Expansion: Joshua Alston of Law360 ($$) reports that yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed S2425, a bill that would have expanded the definition of "public works project" to include bridges, highways, and water treatment plants. Defining such structures as "public works" would have opened the bidding for reconstruction up to project labor … Continue Reading

The American Jobs Act of 2011′s Davis-Bacon and Project Labor Agreement Requirements

Posted in Davis-Bacon, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, Senate, White House
On September 13, 2011, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced President Obama’s “American Jobs Act of 2011” (S. 1549). The President has been on a barn-storming tour, urging passage of the bill as the nation’s unemployment rate remains north of nine percent. The Democratic National Committee has also launched a website to promote the … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Hearing Looks at President Obama’s Executive Order Regarding PLA’s for Government Construction Contracts

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, White House
Last Friday, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing entitled "H.R. 735 And Project Labor Agreements: Restoring Competition & Neutrality To Gov’t Construction Projects".  The bill number identified in the hearing title, introduced earlier this year by  Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK), is the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. … Continue Reading

House Oversight Committee Holds Hearing on Project Labor Agreements

Posted in Executive Orders, House of Representatives, Project Labor Agreements, White House
On Wednesday morning, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing entitled "Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: The Cost of Doing Business in the Construction Industry".  A main focus of the hearing was President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  That EO, one of four issued during the President’s first month in office in 2009, allows federal … Continue Reading

Bill Introduced to Reverse President Obama’s Executive Order on Project Labor Agreements

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, Senate, White House
On Wednesday, Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) introduced a bill designed to reverse President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  That EO, one of four issued during the President’s first month in office in 2009, allows federal executive agencies to require contractors on large-scale government construction projects to enter into a project labor agreement as a condition of being … Continue Reading

U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Labor Agenda Beyond Card-Check

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Department of Labor, EFCA, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Project Labor Agreements, White House
Glenn Spencer, Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative published a piece yesterday in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel entitled: "Union Agenda Implemented Behind the Scenes."   In the piece, Spencer outlines a number of items on "the union wish list."  Among the items included in the piece, with some excerpts here, are: NLRB Composition:  … Continue Reading

Sen. Collins (R-ME) Critical of PLA Order and Regs

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Project Labor Agreements, Senate, White House
Last week the final rule was published regarding President Obama’s Executive Order 13502 which allows agencies to require participation in a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) as a condition of bid solicitations on "large-scale" construction projects.   Yesterday, Government Executive reported that Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) recently criticized these developments as changing the government’s federal procurement policy from "neutral" on union issues to one … Continue Reading

More on Project Labor Agreements and Executive Order 13502 Final Rules

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Project Labor Agreements, White House
Following on our earlier post on the FAR amendments regarding the use of Project Labor Agreements on "large-scale" construction porjects, here are some additional resources and commentary on the issue: "Project Labor Agreements: A Better Deal For All" — The White House Middle Class Task Force Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 983, S. 90) The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) TheTruthAboutPLAs.com  … Continue Reading

Federal Acquisition Regulation Amended to Implement Executive Order 13502 Regarding Use of Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) for Federal Construction Projects

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Project Labor Agreements, White House
On February 6, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502 allowing federal executive agencies to require contractors on large-scale government construction projects to enter into a project labor agreement as a condition of being awarded a contract. (See MLA Government Contracts Advisory, “President Obama Signs Executive Order Allowing Agencies to Require Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) on … Continue Reading