Project Labor Agreement (PLA)
by Executive Order on Government Construction ProjectsA Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is a project specific collective bargaining agreement that establishes the terms and conditions of employment through the duration of a construction project. Before President Clinton's 1997 Memorandum establishing preference for PLAs on government projects, no previous president had ever set any policy dealing with PLAs. It has sense become a partisan political issue.
On February 17, 2001 President George W. Bush signed Executive Order No. 13202, that precluded the use of Project Labor agreements on federal construction projects
On February 6, 2009 President Obama took action to repeal the Bush order with Executive Order 13502 which encourages PLAs on federal construction projects in excess of $25 million. The Obama Executive order reverses the Bush Administration's policy while simultaneously reinstating President Clinton's Memorandum.
Recently, some local and municipal governments have adopted laws to either require or ban Project labor Agreements in their jurisdiction. Proposition "A" in San Diego County in November of 2010 is a most notable example.
Executive order 13202
Associated Builders and Contractors
The truth about Project Labor Agreements