This Month's YouCut: Stop Obama's Mandated Union Fees That Drive Up Construction Costs

-By Warner Todd Huston

In case you aren’t aware of the House GOP’s YouCut program, it is a website where the GOP offers ideas that can help cut the budget and we (the voters) get to vote on our favorite ones. This voting, in turn, helps the GOP leadership focus on just what cuts the American voters want to prioritize.

Our favorite one this week is the removal of Obama’s mandated PLAs.

Prohibit Mandated Project Labor Union Agreements That Increase Government Construction Costs

Saves: 10 to 20 percent per construction project, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

In February of 2009, the President issued an Executive Order encouraging the use of “project-labor agreements” on federal construction projects in excess of $25 million. According to the Administration, “A project labor agreement is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.” Numerous studies indicate that these agreements increase costs by between 10 and 20 percent. Based on information provided by the Administration in terms of the scope of the Executive Order, project labor agreements could be applied to some portion of large construction contracts which in 2008 totaled $31,685,574,596. As a result, increased costs to taxpayers could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

We have reported many times on Obama’s Project Labor Agreement mandates which forces all construction projects to be governed by union rules, union pension set asides, union dues, and union rule even if the company in question is NOT a union shop.

In fact Obama is forcing everyone that does construction business with the government to be forced under the whim of unions no matter if they are union members or not.

For a little info about the YouCut program, here’s a short video on it…


Visit YouCut often and vote to help the GOP know what you want them to do.

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