ABC is pleased to announce the newest edition of Building Massachusetts is now available. Building Massachusetts is the official publication of tABC MA. This issue highlights the contractors and projects that were recognized as winners of our most recent Excellence in Construction Awards. Included you will find:
Boston Globe (2/5/19) - State campaign finance regulators want to rein in the money labor unions can give their preferred candidates each year, under a newly released proposal that could dramatically alter Massachusetts’ political fund-raising landscape.
Labor unions are currently allowed to give up to $15,000 annually to a single candidate. But draft regulations quietly released Friday by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance would slash the limit to $1,000, as well as cap donations to political action committees at $500 and to a political party’s committee at $5,000. Read More Here...
ABC President Greg Beeman Advocates for Importance of Open Bidding on Public Projects in Boston Business Journal Op-Ed
Boston Business Journal (January 24, 2019) - No one expects government to be perfect, but it’s not too much to expect our leaders to learn from clear mistakes. One such mistake was the decision by the UMass Building Authority to build UMass Boston’s first dormitory — and execute the campus’ entire $750 million master plan — under an agreement that intentionally limited competition by stipulating that construction unions be the “sole and exclusive” source of jobsite labor for all construction.
There’s not much we can do now about elevators that fell abruptly, water shooting from toilets, rooms that were like furnaces and frosty showers that have plagued $120 million dorm since it opened. But going forward, we can reduce costs and improve quality by encouraging all qualified contractors to bid on public projects by ensuring that competition-limiting project labor agreements are not a part of any future UMass construction projects.
(VIa Boston Business Journal) - Nate Peck, President of Kaplan Construction, was recently named to Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. This prestigious award is reserved for young executives on the rise, entrepreneurs and innovators who are truly making a mark in their respective industries. The 21 men and 19 women, representing the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors, were selected by the Boston Business Journal editorial staff from nearly 350 nominations received this year. They will be recognized by the BBJ at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony taking place on Oct. 17 at the Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge in Boston.
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By Jason Kauppi
Worcester Telegram (June 10, 2018) - The Worcester City Council is flirting with illegal and discriminatory hiring mandates on public school projects. Masquerading as job-creation policies, the real purpose is to create a monopoly for organized labor.
City councilors floated the idea last month to require a percentage of workers on school construction projects to live in Worcester. They also suggested hiring only union workers by entering a project labor agreement with organized labor.
The moves came in support of a request by the mayor for a report on whether a percentage of local workers could be negotiated in contracts for construction of the new South High Community School, and on whether the South High and Doherty Memorial High school replacement projects would qualify for project labor agreements, also known as PLAs. These pre-bid agreements between a project owner and one or more unions require that only union labor be used in exchange for provisions that include a no-strike clause.
Residency requirements and PLAs have been heavily litigated and there is considerable case law against them. The wiser course is for the city to follow state public bidding laws.
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Few would doubt that developer Steve Wynn is a very savvy guy. It turns out, though, he’s getting a lesson in competition and how his own decisions have helped lead to his Everett casino being $300 million over budget.
You see, Wynn agreed to a project labor agreement (PLA) for the project, which requires that unions be the “sole and exclusive” source of jobsite labor for all construction. Given that more than 80 percent of the construction workforce in Massachusetts chooses not to join a union, it only stands to reason that fewer bidders mean higher prices.
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