Tell Maine Lawmakers
Build Maine with
Local Workers and Businesses
Keep Costly and Anti-Competitive Government-mandated Project Labor Agreements and Other Schemes Out of Maine.
Create Jobs for Mainers
Maine residents deserve the first chance at working on taxpayer-funded construction projects to rebuild our community, yet government-mandated project labor agreements and so-called responsible contractor policies would take away opportunities from local construction workers and 89.5% of Maine’s construction workforce that chooses not to join a union. Hiring locally supports our local and state economy, feeds our families, and helps Maine communities thrive. Let’s build a more beautiful Maine with Mainers—not out-of-state contractors and workers.
Save Taxpayers Money
Government-mandated project labor agreements and other schemes stifle competition from local firms and workers and increase the cost of taxpayer-funded construction by 12% to 20%. If PLAs are mandated on state projects, Maine residents will foot the bill—with higher taxes, fewer jobs, and reduced investments in schools, buildings, infrastructure, clean energy and affordable housing. Otherwise, we could see cuts to other programs and public employee salaries that keep Maine economically competitive.
Support Small, Women, and Minority Businesses
Steering taxpayer-funded contracts to large, out-of-state contractors takes opportunities away from local small business and their employees. Government-mandated project labor agreements and other schemes hurt these entrepreneurs and stifle competition from local businesses. We have the power to support small, women, and minority contractors—but only if we award local projects to local businesses based on merit.
Maine Should Build Local
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SUPPORTING RESEARCH / MEDIA
- Bangor Daily News - Maine lawmakers should put local taxpayers and construction workers first
- WVOM radio’s George Hale and Ric Tyler examine Maine’s costly pro-PLA bills with ABC spokesperson, 5/20/21
- Study Finds Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Increase Connecticut School Construction Costs by 19.8% (February 2020)
- Study Finds Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Increase New Jersey School Construction Costs by 16.25% (August 2019)
- Study Finds Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Increase Ohio School Construction Costs by 13.12% (August 2017)