GOP senators urge Biden to rescind worker-friendly building order
Forty-three GOP senators pushed back Monday President BidenJoe BidenArmed intruder arrested at Joint Base Andrews after Harris returns Capitol Police issue emergency statement regarding Harris truck convoy in Selma: ‘We won’t let setbacks stop us’ MOREthe executive order to require collective bargaining agreements between contractors and workers for federal construction projects.
In one letter to Biden headed by the senator. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungThe Numbers Don’t Lie: America’s Most Resilient Jobs Are Backed by Venture Capital Bipartisan Senate Group Discusses Election Law Changes (R-Ind.) Lawmakers said the order, which requires project labor agreements (PLAs) for federal construction contracts over $35 million, would hurt implementation of the bipartisan bill. on infrastructure signed last year. They noted that 87% of the private construction industry is non-unionized.
“Managing PLAs will prevent qualified contractors from competing fairly for contracts on taxpayer-funded projects,” the senators wrote. “A fair and open bidding process for federal construction projects would ensure the best value for hard-working taxpayers located in all geographies and regions of the United States.”
Biden signed the order last month at Ironworkers Local 5, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He said it would increase wages and working conditions for construction workers and increase the overall quality of federal projects.
“[PLAs] ensure that large projects are managed by well-trained, well-prepared and highly skilled workers, and they avoid problems,” Biden said. “They resolve disputes ahead of time, ensuring safer jobsites, avoiding disruptions and work stoppages that can lead to costly delays down the line. »
GOP senators noted on Monday president obamaBarack Hussein ObamaOn key issues, a struggling Biden kisses the eyes of the Trump administration on rail industry re-regulation; would magnify supply chain issues White House hopes for light at the end of its tunnel MORE signed an order to encourage — but not mandate — PLAs for federal construction contracts over $25 million, and federal agencies chose to use PLAs only for a small number of projects.
Republican lawmakers are in tune with construction lobby groups that represent non-union contractors, including associate builders and contractors, who announced his opposition at Biden’s command last month. Both argue that existing federal laws do enough to ensure high salaries and quality projects without the need for required PLAs.