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You are a vital part of our legislative efforts to be the voice of the construction industry and further the merit shop philosophy. While ABC staff members work hard to promote legislation that is beneficial for the merit ship and the construction industry, we are most effective only when YOU are involved.

THE TRUTH ABOUT PLAS

Government-mandated project labor agreements

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The Truth about PLAs
Project labor agreements (PLA) are special interest schemes that discourage competition from nonunion contractors and their workers by requiring a construction project to be awarded only to contractors and subcontractors that agree to recognize unions as the representatives of employees on that job; use the union hall to obtain workers; obey the union's restrictive apprenticeship and work rules; and contribute to union pension plans and other funds in which their nonunion employees will never benefit unless they join a union.

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Connect with your representatives
Legislators respond best to the people they represent. Any legislator will tell you he or she would rather hear from a constituent than anyone else. Members of Congress depend on ABC members like you to tell them how proposed legislation or regulations will affect the construction industry, your district and especially your company and its employees.
The Merit Shop Message
The Merit Shop Message is a philosophy that encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. Merit shop is not union vs. non-union. It’s simply a way of doing business, built on free enterprise.
Talking to your employees
You have the right to talk to your employees about what it means to be a merit shop contractor in the construction industry. That discussion may lead to talking about unions and that is okay - as long as you do not threaten your workers or promise them any benefits for rejecting a union. This section contains more information on what you can and can't do, along with information on which activities will need to be reported.

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Paycheck Stuffers
To give you the tools you need to talk to your employees about the merit shop, this section provides a list of messages that can be used as paycheck stuffers. Just click the document below you would like to use, print as many copies as you need and distribute.
Paycheck Stuffers


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