Report: Project Labor Agreements Have Cost New Jersey Taxpayers Half a Billion Dollars Since 2002
The Heartland Institute cites Policy Analyst Trey Kovacs on PLAs:
PLAs put unionized workers in a privileged position, says Trey Kovacs, a policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“It is well documented that PLAs drive up costs, but they also discriminate against nonunion construction workers,” Kovacs said.
“Requiring union labor on taxpayer-funded construction projects actively excludes the majority of the construction workforce. In New Jersey, only 22.1 percent of construction workers are members of a union,” Kovacs said.
“It is puzzling why any government would blatantly cater to such a small percentage of the state’s workforce, especially when PLAs increase the cost of construction and extend project schedules,” Kovacs said.