Associated Builders and Contractors :: ABC Denounces Executive Order That Discriminates Against 84 Percent of the Construction Workforce: "WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today denounced an Executive Order signed by President Obama that repeals Executive Order 13202, that prohibited federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign union-only project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing work on federal and federally funded construction projects.
'Today's decision to repeal Executive Order 13202 opens the door to waste and discrimination in federal and federally funded construction contracts,' said ABC President and CEO Kirk Pickerel. 'This action removes the safeguards that prohibited discrimination based upon union affiliation in the awarding of federal contracts.
'Construction contracts subject to union-only PLAs are designed to be awarded exclusively to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces,' said Pickerel. 'Absent the economic benefits of competitive bidding, union-only PLAs are known to increase construction costs between 10 percent and 20 percent and discriminate against minorities, women and qualified construction workers who have traditionally been excluded from union membership.
'Union-only PLAs drive up costs for American taxpayers while unfairly discriminating against 84 percent of U.S."