Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio recently released a statement praising the PLA amendment submitted by Rep. Ron Young in the state operating budget. Full text of the statement can be seen below.


 


"ABC of Ohio Applauds Budget Provision to Increase Competition on Public Construction


Bryan Williams, director of government affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, issued the following statement in response to the House Republicans' unveiling of their substitute versions of the biennal budget.


"We applaud Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Chairman Ryan Smith and Rep. Ron Young for standing up for taxpayers and the 78 percent of Ohio’s construction workforce that chooses not to join a union by including language in the budget to prohibit project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction projects. By including this language in the budget substitute, the House leadership shows their commitment to the principle that taxpayers deserve the best construction at the best price. Always."


A PLA is a job-specific union collective bargaining agreement, which effectively steers construction contracts to unionized firms and their all-union workforces. When mandated on publicly funded construction projects, PLAs make it nearly impossible for the vast majority of the construction workforce that chooses to join a union to compete fairly for projects funded by their own tax dollars. In the Ohio, more than 78 percent of the private construction workforce chooses not to join a labor organization.


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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit them at www.abc.org."


 


 

 
 
 
  
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