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Private sector embraces PLAs. Why shouldn’t governments?

Dave Branson is the executive director of the Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin.

State Rep. Rob Hutton's attempt to ensure "the importance of providing a neutral and competitive playing field" by prohibiting the use of project-labor agreements on taxpayer-funded projects flies in the face of the realities of today’s construction industry, and is a direct affront to the wishes and desires of the American electorate during the recent election.

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What does ‘open competition’ in construction really mean?

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There has been a lot of talk of late about the use of project labor agreements on taxpayer-funded construction projects. Contrary to the propaganda being bandied about by contractor associations, a PLA is simply a market-based project management tool that has been utilized successfully in the private sector to achieve greater job site efficiencies that result in on-time and on-budget construction.

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PLAs, wages wait on sidelines for Bucks decision

(Rendering courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks)

Negotiations over a proposed $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks have stalled like a car stuck on the side of the road. And even when those in the vehicle find a way to get going again, a dispute over what workers should be paid on the project will greet them like a deer in their headlights.

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Project labor agreements get green light (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan The federal government Tuesday officially shifted toward project labor agreements, confirming the fears of nonunion contractors. Starting May 13, federal agencies can require PLAs on projects that receive more than $25 million in federal money. Mike Zignego, ...

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