Merit Shop Workers can be forced to:
What do union leaders say behind closed doors? You would be surprised. Their truthfulness is refreshing and scary.
Click HERE to get a printable flier that lists just some of the things union leaders have said behind closed doors.
Facts about PLA Mandates
Merit Shop workers to can be forced to:
Merit Shop Worker on Open Bid Job:
Merit Shop Worker on PLA Job:
"PLAs are about empowering unions, not helping workers." - The Sacramento Bee
Contractors can be forced to:
"PLAs favor union contractors and, by extension, unions. Thus public officials adopting a PLA are currying favor with, and possibly political campaign contributions from, unions. This is just the kind of cronyism the competitive bidding laws seek to avoid." - Engineering News-Record
"The fact is that PLAs increase construction costs considerably and have no place in our community."- Contra Costa Times
"Competition is the key to our economy...that's why we question the Port of Oakland's decision to negotiate an agreement (PLA) that does the opposite."- Oakland Tribune
Women and Minorities
The overwhelming majority of minority and women-owned construction firms (the majority being subcontractors) are merit shop. It is for this reason that every minority and women construction association that has taken a stance has opposed PLAs.
"Worse, the new (PLA) policy undermines count policies intended to benefit small businesses, particularly women- and minority-owned firms, that are less likely to be unionized." - East Bay Business Times
"PLAs are de facto segregation ... African-American workers are significantly underrepresented in all crafts of construction union shops...PLAs are non-competitive and, most of all, discriminatory."- National Black Chamber of Commerce
"Bay Area Black Contractors Association has been a strong advocate for merit shop construction firms in the Bay Area and we are opposed to PLAs."- Bay Area Black Contractors Association
"We believe PLAs make it more difficult for minority-owned contractors to compete...they effectively work against the goals of increasing the number of projects awarded to minority-owned businesses by placing roadblocks in the way."- Latin Builders Association
"The ultimate effect of the San Francisco Airport PLA is clear ... once the PLA was implemented minority business prime contract participation dropped 91.9%. This PLA has been a disaster for minority-owned business. - Asian American Contractors Association
The following list contains just a few of the PLA projects where women and minority-owned construction businesses have been discriminated against.
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