NPCA joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 20 other construction and business associations in support of the Fair and Open Competition Act, which would prevent federal requirements for project labor agreements.

In February 2022, President Biden signed an executive order that requires PLAs on federal construction projects of $35 million or more. The act, co-written by Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), would remove that requirement for all federal or federally assisted taxpayer-funded construction contracts.

A PLA sets jobsite conditions that allow for labor unions to set bargaining rights to determine wage rates and benefits for all employees on the project. The terms apply to all contractors and subcontractors. Agreements typically include provisions to avoid any strikes, lockouts or other work stoppages.

Read the full letter here.

Associations that co-signed the letter include:

  • American Concrete Pumping Association
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Business Coalition for Fair Competition
  • Construction Industry Round Table
  • Electronic Security Association
  • HR Policy Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • National Precast Concrete Association
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • National Utility Contractors Association
  • Plastics Pipe Institute
  • Power and Communication Contractors Association
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Association
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
  • S. Chamber of Commerce