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From the monthly archives: February 2010

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Cato: Prevailing Wage Laws Act as Special Interest Legislation (Feb. 2010)

An article published in the Cato Journal, Vol. 30, No.1, concludes the purpose of prevailing wage laws are to limit competition and provide significant benefits to labor unions. These policies come at the expense of taxpayers that are forced to pay more than otherwise necessary for projects that require prevailing wage mandates. George Leef, Director of Research at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, concludes that no societal benefits result from union favoritism.

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DOL Budget Focuses On Employer Enforcement And Independent Contractor Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Feb. 1 requested a fiscal year 2011 discretionary budget of $13.98 billion that includes an increase in oversight of wage and hour rules and occupational safety and health laws in addition to funding an initiative to crack down on misclassification of independent contractors.

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Cato Journal on Why PLAs are Not in the Public Interest

A compelling piece critical of government-mandated project labor agreements by David G. Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research at Suffolk University, appears in the current issue of the Cato Journal (Volume 30 Number 1, Winter 2010, “Are Unions Good for America?”). "Why Project Labor Agreements Are Not in the Public Interest,” surveys the historical decline of construction union membership and poor performance of government-mandated PLAs while countering common union arguments for PLAs. The piece attacks the faulty logic and methodology often employed in studies promoting PLAs as a mechanism to reduce construction costs (p. 53-61).

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