Biden to sign order mandating PLAs on federal construction projects

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Friday requiring project labor agreements on federal construction projects over $35 million, according to a White House fact sheet. The order, which is effective immediately, will impact $262 billion in federal construction contracts and affect nearly 200,000 workers. Nevertheless, the new executive order does not apply to work funded by grants to non-federal agencies, which includes the bulk of the projects funded under the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a senior official told Reuters. Biden has made it clear that empowering unions is an important part of his platform, and he has long said that increased infrastructure spending will “drive the creation of good-paying union jobs.”

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