President Obama Signs Executive Order Authorizing Use of Project Labor Agreements for Some Federal Construction Contracts

On February 6, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order authorizing federal executive agencies to use project labor agreements on federal construction contracts with a total cost of $25 million or more.  The Order is effective immediately, and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has been instructed to take “whatever action is required” to implement the Order within 120 days of its issuance.  The Order also repeals Executive Order 13202 issued by former President Bush in 2001, which forbade federal agencies and other recipients of federal funding to require contractors to sign union-only project labor agreements as a condition of performing work on federal projects.

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