Project Labor Agreements

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Federal Court Upholds Louisiana Ban on Project Labor Agreements

A federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana recently ruled that Louisiana’s ban on project labor agreements on public works projects was neither unconstitutional nor preempted by the National Labor Relations Act...more

Alabama Adopts PLA Reform

On March 3, 2014, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law House Bill 195, the “Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act.” Under the Act, public agencies awarding any contract for the construction,...more

Commercial Developers and Unions’ “Political Pull”

Threat to File a Formal Proceeding Seeking State Action - Commercial developer (Developer) is developing a shopping center in X Township (Township). Developer is considering non-union general contractor (Non-U) to...more

General Contractor May Be Liable for Subcontractor’s Failure to Assign Work as Required by Project Labor Agreement

In Sheet Metal Workers Int’l Ass’n Local Union No. 27 v. E.P. Donnelly, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the court supervising federal trial courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey)...more

Potential Liability of General Contractors for Actions of Subcontractors on PLA Projects

A Third Circuit ruling in a case brought by a sheet metal workers union raises the possibility that general contractors may be liable if their subcontractors fail to assign work in accordance with the terms of a project labor...more

California Supreme Court: Charter Cities Need Not Pay Prevailing Wages to Private Construction Workers on Locally Funded Municipal...

On July 2, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that launched early fireworks throughout the state, either in celebration or alarm, over its far-reaching impact on public works projects. In State Building...more

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