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MAY 1, 2011 


The Construction of Big Labor 
Today's guest: Eric Christen (Executive Director of CFEC)
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction
The best quality at the best price. Always

About the PLA

Those are the principles that have guided CFEC for over a decade.

Unfortunately, those are not the ideals of many politicians and their political benefactors in big labor who continue to push schemes to end open and competitive bidding for construction projects with Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).

PLAs are kickback schemes that drive up the cost of construction, costing hard-working taxpayers millions of dollars - dollars that could be spent for better schools, better roads and better parks. PLAs discriminate against 85% of the construction industry and deny the vast majority of firms the opportunity to even bid on projects. Less bids mean higher costs to taxpayers. It's that simple.

While the threat of Project Labor Agreements still looms across California, the days of PLAs just rolling into effect unopposed are long gone. Thanks to the efforts of the CFEC and their voluntary supporters, we are on the group educating voters, taxpayers and politicians about the waste and fraud of taxpayer dollars associated with PLAs.

Our success has not stopped big labor. Despite our numerous victories, big labor remains relentless in their efforts to subvert free, fair, and open competitive bidding process. Because they cannot provide taxpayers the best work at the best price, they need to enact policies that discriminate against you in order to survive.

This is an ongoing battle. We appreciate your past support and hope that concerned contractors like you will continue to help us protect your rights and the rights of taxpayers throughout the state. By doing so, you will not only help us ensure open competition, but thanks to our 501c6 status, you can write off 75% of your contribution! Unlike the union bosses, we do not have compulsory dues to fill our coffers so your voluntary support is critical to our campaign. Please click on the \'Donate\' button above to make a contribution online now.

On behalf of all of us here at CFEC, thank you for your consideration and support!


Eric Christen
Executive Director

Project Labor Agreement  is a kickback scheme imposed on either developers or on municipal agencies by labor unions lobbyists to ensure that only companies with union ties can be awarded contracts. PLAs end competitive bidding and deny the majority of California's workforce the ability to work on certain projects.
The following list contains just a few of the consequences a PLA has on a project:
1. Taxpayers end up paying more than they have to for public projects
2. Rather than spending money on schools, roads and public safety, taxpayer money is spent for higher construction costs
3. Lobbyists for big labor and other special interest groups corrupt local government processes to force these mandates on construction projects.
4. Deny approximately 85% of California's construction workers the opportunity to work on these projects.
Click on the PLA articles to learn more about this corrupt kickback scheme.
CFEC Mission
The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction promotes open competition and equal opportunity for all workers - whether union or non-union.

In pursuing our objectives, CFEC educates elected officials, small business owners, and taxpayers about discriminatory contracting practices such as union-only Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), unfair requirements that drive up the cost of construction and corresponding abusive tactics such as "greenmail".

CFEC promotes fair and open competition in the construction industry. No one should be denied the right to compete for state construction projects.

On behalf of our stakeholders - the builders, contractors, apprentices, and construction workers of California - we will stand up and be counted as the voice of the underrepresented contracting majority whenever fairness and open competition is threatened.

Congress did not leave the definition of the word “coordination” to chance, or to the whim of the federal management agencies. Congress defined the word by specifying the duties and responsibilities of the BLM regarding local plans. The statute REQUIRES the following:

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