"Low-Road" Contractors Take Their Lumps in Court...AGAIN! - (8/16/2016)
December 4, 2009
must seem like another in an endless rerun of a horror movie for the
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Yet another court, this time
the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, has flatly rejected a motion to
implement an injunction to prohibit a Project Labor Agreement on a
4,100 bed, $400 million state prison project in Montgomery County, PA.
ABC – those ardent defenders of the “low-road” construction business
model that has been so successful over the years in destroying
construction wage and community living standards (not to mention being
the primary source for the exponential growth in the numbers of
undocumented workers in our nation) – had petitioned the Court to deny
the state’s Department of General Services from entering into any
Project Labor Agreements.
essence, the Court endorsed the results of a research project conducted
by Keystone Research Center which concluded that a Project Labor
Agreement on this prison project would ensure greater jobsite
efficiencies, cost containment, and on-time delivery of the project.
is just one more in a long line of examples where courts at every
level, in every region of the United States, have determined, through
exhaustive reviews of all manner of individual PLAs, that such
agreements – in certain circumstances and upon appropriate review by the
government entity – are valid and beneficial to the government and
therefore the taxpayer.
we have said over and over, it is extremely interesting that the ABC
and it’s “bottom feeder” cohorts never seem to mount any challenges to,
or even offer any criticisms of, PLAs in the private sector. Probably
the best argument for PLAs in the public sector is that they have been
utilized for decades in the private sector by large, sophisticated,
experienced, and cost-conscious and profit-minded owners, developers,
construction managers and contractors. They want the best results in
the most cost-effective and time-sensitive manner possible. Disney
World, the GM Saturn Plant, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, dozens of
professional sports stadiums, and all eight of Toyota’s American
manufacturing facilities, are but a small example of multitude of major
private projects that have all successfully utilized PLAs.
Project Labor Agreements continue to be utilized by the profit-oriented
private sector, there must be a reason. Clearly, that reason is this:
THEY WORK! And if they work for the private sector, they will work for
the public sector.
Pennsylvania’s courts surely understand this.
A PDF file of the Commonwealth Court's decision is being posted today on both www.bctd.org and www.PLAsWork.org
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