Tuerck, David G.
January 2010
CATO Journal;Winter2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
The article examines project labor agreements (PLAs) within the construction market and whether they are in the public interest. PLAs are agreements between owners of construction projects and construction unions which dictate that firms retained for a project must hire workers through unions, enter into collective bargaining with the unions, and pay union wages and benefits. The author urges that PLAs are not in the public interest because they are motivated by the construction union’s desire to prevent decline in union wage premiums due to technological innovations and other workplace changes.


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