AGC is committed to fair and open competition for all public construction projects. The association strongly believes that the choice of whether to adopt a collective bargaining agreement should be left to contractor-employers and their employees. That choice should not be imposed as a condition of competing for or performing on a publicly funded construction project.
Government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) can have the effect of limiting the number of competitors on a project. This is because government mandates for PLAs typically require contractors to make fundamental, often costly changes in the way they do business.
The Fair and Open Competition Act would ensure open competition and federal government neutrality towards the labor relations of construction contractors on direct federal (i.e., projects for federal agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs) and federal-aid (i.e., federally funded transportation projects for state departments of transportation) construction projects. The bill would not prohibit all PLAs. A firm would still be allowed to voluntarily enter into a PLA.
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