New Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows fewer construction workers joined a union as the construction industry workforce grew with the improving economy. Will this impact the use of PLAs? Not really, according to a recent article on, a project of Associated Builders and Contractors:

As they did during President Obama’s first six years in office, some members of Congress and Obama administration officials beholden to Big Labor’s costly special interest agenda will attempt to use PLA mandates and preferences on federal contracts to prop up construction union membership numbers by steering federal construction contracts to unionized firms and create jobs exclusively for union members.

The article goes on to outline ABC's position that promoting union interests through PLAs is bad policy because it discriminates against non-union workers and no evidence suggests that project outcomes are better (faster/cheaper/safer) with unionized firms.

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