Biden, who has long touted his support for unions, signed an executive order on Friday at a union hall in Upper Marlboro, Md., implementing the rule for all federally procured construction projects above $35 million in value.
Biden said taxpayers would benefit from the labor agreements. “They ensure that major projects are handled by well-trained, well-prepared, highly skilled workers,” Biden said.
He added: “We’re going to make sure that federal construction projects are staffed with good-paying union jobs.”
The measure applies to projects in the November infrastructure law that are direct federal procurement, and not to those led by other entities who’ve been awarded federal grants.
Project labor agreements guarantee a contractor will enter into a collective bargaining pact for the duration of a specific project. They’re seen as a way to bolster wages on federal construction projects, guarantee work for unions, and prevent labor unrest.
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