MCA Wins Victory as PLA Dropped from Publicly Funded GE Project

The Merit Construction Alliance has succeeded in removing a project labor agreement on the new General Electric headquarters in Boston. GE today dropped the PLA in an addendum to bid documents.

Davis-Bacon Act: Repeal Would Reduce Cost of New Infrastructure

Nationally syndicated columnist George Will of The Washington Post pulls no punches in a column about the discriminatory history of the Davis-Bacon Act, which unjustifiably raises the cost of public construction. Will writes:

MCA Supports Government Neutrality in Public Construction

The Merit Construction Alliance weighed in with state lawmakers in support of HB. 2667, An Act Requiring Government Neutrality in All Public Construction Projects, under consideration by the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

AG Rejects Bricklayer Bid Protest

The Attorney General's Office dealt a blow to Local 3 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers by rejecting their bid protest on the new Lowell Judicial Center. The bricklayers challenged DCAMM's decision to place installation of the rain screen under the construction manager instead of in the masonry bid package.

Missouri Bans Local PLAs

Iowa, Wisconsin Latest to Prohibit PLAs

The governors of Iowa

Federal Fair Pay & Safe Workplace Regs Issued

The U. S. Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council published final Guidance and Regulations to implement Executive Order 13673, the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” – aka “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” – executive order on August 25, 2016. Under these regulations, which are effective October 25, 2016, federal government contractors and subcontractors will be required to report regularly to the government on workplace law “violations” in connection with contract bids and during contract performance.