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A PROPOSED RULE ON PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS (PLAS) OVER $35 MILLION FROM THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS WELCOME NEWS FOR THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING INDUSTRY

PoliticsA PROPOSED RULE ON PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS (PLAS) OVER $35 MILLION FROM THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS WELCOME NEWS FOR THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING INDUSTRY

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is pleased to announce that a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been published. If adopted, this rule would put into effect President Biden’s Executive Order from February 4, which mandates the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on all federal construction projects with a value of at least $35 million. PLAs have shown to be a time-tested way for guaranteeing that projects fulfil quality construction requirements, are finished on time and under budget and save government funds.

Since the beginning, NECA has been an advocate for the use of PLAs, and the organisation is happy that the Biden administration has moved quickly to draught this new regulation. Regardless of whether or not they are already participants to other types of collective bargaining agreements, all contractors and subcontractors working on construction projects will have an equal opportunity to compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts. Additionally, the PLAs would provide guarantees against strikes, lockouts, and other similar job disruptions; they would set forth effective, prompt, and mutually binding procedures for resolving labour disputes that may arise during the term of a project; and they would provide other mechanisms for labor-management cooperation on critical matters of mutual interest and concern, including productivity, quality of work, safety, and health.

Marco Giamberardino, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the NECA, said that President Franklin Roosevelt was the one who came up with the idea of using public-private partnerships for his New Deal infrastructure initiative. The Shasta Dam, the Hoover Dam, the Kitsap Naval Base, the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant, the Los Angeles International Airport, and innumerable educational institutions were some of the initiatives that came forth as a consequence. In addition, commercial companies like as Disney, the National Football League, Walmart, and Toyota have all used PLAs in the production of their flagship projects. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is ecstatic to translate these guidelines so that they can perform at a federal level for government buildings, construction, installation, maintenance, and other areas. The order paves the way for more employment prospects, which NECA contractors of all sizes are ready and prepared to fulfil to the best possible standard.

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