Hurrah to the Wall Street Journal Opinion page today for taking on Project Labor Agreements. The Journal’s opinion piece is by far the highest profile criticism of wasteful project labor agreements. As the editors note, the tide of public opinion is turning squarely against project labor agreements even in those areas that are sympathetic to organized labor.
“As Andy Conlin of Associated Business and Contractors notes, wherever PLAs are subject to popular referendum, they’re rejected.”
The Journal calls project labor agreements
“a form of political bid-rigging that robs taxpayers even in good economic times.”
and calls for them to be outlawed.
What the article implies, but does not state, is that project labor agreements run contrary to the fundamental America values of free enterprises and reward which is based on merit, not class, rank, or, in the case of PLA’s, political connections. It is these values that explain why voters of all political persuasion find project labor agreements so distasteful.