Building Trades Praise Obama's Overturn of Bush Ban on Federal PLAs

September 28, 2010

America's Building Trades Unions praised the action of President Obama in issuing an Executive Order overturning the Bush Administration's ban on federal project labor agreements (PLAs).

A statement by Building Trades President Mark H. Ayers noted, "The Bush anti-PLA Executive Order was exactly the type of special interest-driven politics and policy that American voters rejected overwhelmingly last November.

PLAs are designed to provide maximum benefit to construction users; union and non-union workers; union and non-union contractors; lenders and insurance companies; and taxpayers. PLAs are frequently negotiated to address a wide range of local and social needs, including the assurance of hiring of local residents, and outreach programs designed to offer local residents the opportunity for a career in the skilled trades.

We acknowledge and praise this Executive Order as being one of the first steps in ushering in a new, more pragmatic and value-conscious approach to governing."