contractors such as Fran Madigan and James J.
Nonunion or open-shop
contractors can bid, and have won bids, on projects constructed with PLAs.
Some of the union-inspired state provisions add to construction costs generally, but Worcester's REO seems tailored to give unfair advantage to union general contractors and subcontractors while deterring open-shop
contractors from submitting bids.
Moore, had previously argued - after the matter was brought to the attention of the federal agency by the anti-PLA, open-shop
Merit Construction Alliance - that the city did not need a waiver because the PLA was signed before the order took effect.
Whether the open-shop
requirement extends to the medical-clinical building that is to be a union-only project is open to debate.
WORCESTER - Nonunion construction workers are being shut out of the $563 million CitySquare downtown redevelopment project in violation of federal rules, according to a group that represents open-shop
construction companies in Massachusetts.