The president’s executive order could lock out non-union construction companies.
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A new study from the Beacon Hill Institute shows that PLAs would increase construction costs anywhere between 12 and 18 percent in comparison to projects that are not subjected to union rules.
“Our examination of the record produces no evidence of any systematic connection between the absence of a PLA, on the one hand, and cost overruns or delays caused by labor disputes, on the other,” said David G. Tuerck, one of the authors of the study and Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Institute. Therefore, the justifications offered by the Obama Administration for reinstating PLAs are not supported by the evidence.”
Back in New Jersey, Gov.-elect Chris Christie was very explicit in opposing perks for organized labor that would further inflate costs for the already beleaguered state taxpayers. On his campaign website, Christie pledges to end the use of PLAs in New Jersey. Item No. 50 of 88 ways to fix New Jersey reads as follows:
I will eliminate special interest labor union giveaways that increase spending and taxes by ending the use of project labor agreements, which drive up the cost of public construction projects and fail to deliver a public benefit at a time when the economy is shedding jobs and taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet.
Organized labor remains a potent political force in New Jersey, where a majority of the congressional delegation has signed off on legislative favors for unions. Republicans Chris Smith and Frank LoBiondo are no less than co-sponsors of the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which includes the anti-secret ballot card check provision.
This makes Christie’s stance all the more remarkable.
“The voters now equate unions with big-government and they are reacting to these costly paybacks,” said McMahon, the ABC representative. “Christie was more firm in his opposition to union favoritism than any other Republican I can recall from New Jersey and this helped him in the election.”
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