Anti-PLA Witness Cites I-35 Bridge Re-Build in MN...

...BUT FORGOT THAT IT WAS BUILT WITH A PLA!  A congressional subcommittee convened a hearing today to lambast the Obama Administration's Executive Order that encourages the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on federal construction in excess of $25 million. One of the anti-PLA witnesses was Linda Figg, CEO of Figg Engineering. Her testimony offered some surprising revelations.

During this hearing, convened by the House Committee on Government and Oversight Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Ms. Figg referenced the I-35W bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis, MN in the mid-2000s. Ms Figg's company was selected as the design engineer for the re-build project. She went on to say that the success of the project (which was completed on-budget and several months ahead of schedule) was "...only possible because of the spirit of cooperation and teamwork."

What Ms. Figg forgot to mention, and which was pointed out by Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), was that the I-35W project was constructed under a PLA!

To read SMACNA's letter Chairman Jim Jordan click below.

3-15-11-SMACNA---PLA-Ltr--to-Subcom-Chair-Jordan-final

To read the Campaign for Quality Construction statement for submission click the link below.

CQC-PLA-Statement-for-Record-3-16-11-final

Reprinted from BCTD News