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Saturday, April 25, 2015

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VA Said "No" to PLAs, Now Facing Unprecedented Cost Overruns -

Several years ago, the US Veterans Administration launched an ambitious program to construct new VA hospitals in Colorado, Florida, and Louisiana.  The Building Trades attempted to convince the VA of the utility of utilizing Project Labor Agreements for these projects, but our entrees were rejected.

Building Trades Applaud Veto of Resolution That Would Thwart Unionization Rules -

WASHINGTON, DC -- The following statement was released today by North America's Building Trades Unions in reaction to President Obama's veto of a congressional resolution seeking to overturn new unionization voting rules:

President McGarvey Honored Along with Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning -

2015 Recipients of the John D. Dingell Award from the Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee (LAMPAC).

Wisconsin Contractor Who Criticized Right to Work Will Expand His Business...In Minnesota -

The owner of a Wisconsin Highway Construction Company has indicated that he will expand his business in the neighboring (and non-Right-to-Work) state of Minnesota because he says the recently enacted Right-to-Work law in Wisconsin will ultimately cost his company money, according to an article in the Duluth News Tribune

Study: Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws is a Bad Idea -

Repealing state prevailing wage laws are a flat-out bad idea, according to a recent study from the University of Missouri.

SLATE Magazine: "Meet One of New York's Only Two Female Ironworkers" -

Slate magazine has posted a very compelling video chronicling story of Julia Murray.

PLA Set for $375 Million Coastal Project in Southern CA -

A project labor agreement (PLA) has been agreed to for the construction of a $375 million mixed-use development project in Redondo Beach, CA.

Former DOT Secretary LaHood on America's infrastructure: We are "one big pothole" -

Former US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a forceful and reasoned case for increased investment in infrastructure repair and innovation on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program

No Excuse Now - Nebraska Supreme Court Clears Way for Keystone Pipeline -

The Supreme Court of the state of Nebraska has overturned an earlier ruling that had until now held up construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Mass Government Report: “PLAs prevent cost-overruns, encourage the timely completion of projects, and avoid potential labor disputes.” -

A Massachusetts government commission released a report January 8 that concludes that public sector Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have been highly beneficial to the state.

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