Electrical Contractors Welcome Biden Administration’s Proposed Rule on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) Over $35 Million

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WASHINGTON, August 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Welcomes the Release of a New Notice of Proposed Rulemaking That Would Implement President Biden’s Decision February 4 Executive Order Requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on Federal Construction Projects of Equal or Greater Value $35 million. PLAs have proven to be a proven method of ensuring projects exceed quality construction standards, are completed on time and under budget, and save taxpayer dollars.

NECA has long been an advocate for the use of APLs and is pleased that the Biden administration has moved quickly in crafting this proposed rule. All contractors and subcontractors on construction projects will be able to compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts, whether or not they are party to collective agreements. In addition, PLAs would provide guarantees against strikes, lockouts and similar work stoppages; establish effective, timely and mutually binding procedures for resolving labor disputes that may arise during the life of a project; and provide other mechanisms for labour-management cooperation on critical issues of mutual interest and concern, including productivity, quality of work, safety and health.

“President franklin roosevelt instituted PLAs for its New Deal infrastructure plan,” said Marco Giamberardino, NECA Vice President for Government and Public Affairs. “Some of the resulting projects included Shasta Dam, Hoover Dam, Kitsap Naval Base, Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station, LAX Airport, and countless educational institutions. private companies such as Disney, the NFL, Walmart, and Toyota have all used PLA on their landmark projects. NECA is excited to translate these benchmarks to work at the federal level for government buildings, construction, installation, maintenance, etc. capable of performing at the highest level.”

NECA is currently analyzing the proposed rule and will post public comments in response by the October 18 deadline.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of $202 billion electrical industry that brings electricity, light, and communications technology to buildings and communities across the United States NECA collectively represents more than 4,000 electrical contractor members served by 118 local chapters across the country.

SOURCE National Association of Electrical Contractors

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