D.C. Council Seeks to Exclude Local Residents from Working on Big Projects

       There is legislation before the Washington, D.C. City Council that would force the mayor to mandate union-only Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on projects exceeding $50 million.
        With a construction workforce that is overwhelmingly non-union (91 percent) this bill will effectively shut out D.C. residents from the opportunity to work on major construction projects in their own city.
By excluding 9 out of every 10 local construction workers, the legislation will have a dramatic impact on the cost of construction, as much as 12 to 18 percent higher, studies show.