Public agencies shouldn’t negotiate project labor agreements, says AGC official

When a public agency rather than the contractor negotiates a PLA with unions, it interferes with the right of employers and workers to reach their own agreements on working conditions and benefits, says Steve Isenhart, president of the Associated General Contractors of Washington.

March 22, 2012

When a public agency rather than the contractor negotiates a PLA with unions, it interferes with the right of employers and workers to reach their own agreements on working conditions and benefits, says Steve Isenhart, president of the Associated General Contractors of Washington.

Public agencies have little experience negotiating conditions of construction work, and government-negotiated PLAs invariably drive up the costs of projects, Isenhart says.

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