US Rep. Frank Guinta questions Labor Secretary on guaranteeing NH jobs on federal projects

(Washington – September 22, 2011)    As a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) fought for New Hampshire middle-class jobs in the building of the new Manchester Job Corps Center.  Rep. Guinta questioned U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis about whether the federal government will contract with New Hampshire companies in building the facility.  He also insisted that Granite Staters should work in its construction. 

Rep. Guinta later asserted that construction on the project should not include a government mandated Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  PLA’s require that the contracting company must have a collective bargaining agreement with its workers according to an Executive Order issued by President Obama.  This essentially mandates that agencies must contract with union firms on large federal construction projects such as the Manchester Job Corps Center, thus placing New Hampshire construction companies at a disadvantage in successfully bidding for the job.  Rep. Guinta said the bidding process should be a level playing field where all Granite State construction companies get a fair opportunity to bid on the project.

Video of the exchange between Rep. Frank Guinta and Sec. Solis can be viewed here: