Many federally-funded construction projects include project labor agreements that include working with specific unions to complete a project. The uniqueness of the construction industry was recognized in the National Labor Relations Act, which allowed project labor agreements on construction projects. PLAs came back to the forefront in 1992 when President Bush issued an executive order prohibiting PLAs on federal construction projects. Since then, a number of presidential executive orders have been issued changing whether project labor agreements may be used. This Comment analyzes the arguments for and against project labor agreements in the construction industry, use of presidential executive orders, precedential cases, and proposed congressional activity.
Chelsea Button, “Fair and Open Competition” or Death to the Union? Project Labor Agreements in Today’s Politically Contentious Atmosphere, 52 UIC J. Marshall L. Rev. 531 (2019)