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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 09:20 PM

Va. Republicans Train Fire on Union Requirements for Public-Works Projects

The Va GOP has both Houses of the General Assembly and the Governorship -- stop if you have heard this one before



Republican-sponsored bills to prohibit mandated project-labor agreements (PLAs) for state-funded infrastructure projects are making their way through both houses of the General Assembly.

House Bill 33, sponsored by 66 state delegates, seems a shoo-in for passage. The bill would ensure that state agencies, or construction managers acting on their behalf, would neither require nor prohibit project-labor agreements for state-financed public-works projects.

But not everyone is dead-set against the idea of project-labor agreements.

I dont have a gut reaction one way or the other, Del. Mark Keam (D-35th) told the Sun Gazette at his Richmond office. So far, it works well. Id like to keep PLAs as an option on the table and let people negotiate. I think PLAs work. Theyre fine. There are benefits to it. If it isnt broke, why change it?

http://www.sungazette.net/arlington/news/va-republicans-train-fire-on-union-requirements-for-public-works/article_06e6ea70-4b34-11e1-a278-0019bb2963f4.html

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