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Labor Executive Order

On February 6, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order which will require Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on all Federal construction projects.

In general parlance a PLA is when the government awards contracts for construction projects exclusively to unionized firms. Under the Executive Order, such agreements would bind all contractors and subcontractors. The Order also requires a study by the Office of Management and Budget to see whether such requirements ought to be put in place whenever Federal financial assistance is used on construction projects.

The Executive order will place tremendous additional costs on contract procurement, as well as impact bid considerations. There will be impacts to a wide variety of work place issues including productivity, quality of work, safety, health and dispute resolutions.

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Robert J. Loew, Fairfield and Woods, Government, labor and land use attorney

Robert J. Loew has broad experience in all aspects of government, labor, and land use. He was a Deputy with the Los Angeles City Attorneys Office and was in private practice prior to becoming the Greeley Colorado City Attorney. He then served many years as the Adams County Attorney in Colorado. Bob has extensive trial experience and has argued cases before the California and the Colorado Supreme Courts.

Bob has extensive experience in negotiating with all levels of government including City, County, State, and Federal Agencies. He has been involved in large variety of administrative...