Posts Tagged ‘VA’

Nov
2016
10

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal “Right-to-Work” Amendment

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal
  In one of the lone bright spots for the labor community on election night, Virginia voters rejected an amendment that would have enshrined the commonwealth’s “right-to-work” status in the state constitution. Virginia has had such a law since 1947, but the ballot measure would have made the law permanent, a uniquely...
Feb
2016
12

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs
  In response to a long-running string of mismanaged Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects across the country, the House of Representatives has passed a bill which would require the Army Corps of Engineers or another federal agency to manage any VA project with a price tag over $100 million.   In the past, we have [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
24

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction
  The U.S. Senate has tentatively approved a measure which would prohibit the Veterans Administration (VA) from managing construction projects that carry a price tag of more than $100 million, instead placing the responsibility in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The move came as part of an amendment to the National [&hellip...
Dec
2014
16

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work
  A decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has halted construction on an over-budget, behind schedule Veterans Affairs facility near Denver, Colorado and brought to light a pattern of mismanagement by the agency.   Not unlike botched VA projects in Florida and Louisiana, the cost of constructing the facility in Aurora has...
Aug
2013
14

Half-False? VA Gov. Candidate’s Dulles Corridor PLA Comments Rated “Half-True” by Politifact

Half-False? VA Gov. Candidate's Dulles Corridor PLA Comments Rated
  In Virginia, the governor’s race between Terry McCaulife and Ken Cuccinelli has transportation as a central theme. For Cuccinelli, attempts to pander to the far right have caused him to roll out some real whoppers regarding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and their effect on the Dulles Metro Line bidding process. In a recent radio...
Jul
2013
29

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor
  Over the last month we have been reporting on the mishaps during construction of a new Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is behind schedule and wildly over budget and has become the new posterchild for the VA’s refusal to use union labor and veteran hiring mandates.  Now, adding to the mess [&hellip...
Jul
2013
22

CO Building Trades Rep Slams Aurora Veterans Affairs Project as “Criminal,” in Dire Need of a PLA

  Recently, we shed light on the cost overruns and other failures of the Aurora, Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital construction. The problems relate to an endemic refusal by the VA to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), despite their many advantages and guarantees, including a mandate for hiring military veterans into the construction...
Jul
2013
18

Another PLA-Free Veterans Affairs Project Falls Victim to Crummy Contractor, Is Under Investigation

  Another Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) project is stuck in its tracks after refusing to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for its construction.  This time, veterans in Butler County, Pennsylvania will be the victims of mismanagement. The VA has halted construction on the $75 million outpatient center to allow the federal government...
Jul
2013
8

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA
  In the works since the late 1990’s, the Veterans Affairs Hospital proposed for Aurora, Colorado is now $200 million over budget and unlikely to be open in the Spring of 2015 as hoped.  After endless changes to the plans, construction ground was broken in 2009, yet construction did not begin until 2012.  With progress [&hellip...
Jul
2013
2

VA Gov. Candidate Verbally Supports Unions, Workers, but Won’t Likely Target “Right-to-Work” Status

VA Gov. Candidate Verbally Supports Unions, Workers, but Won't Likely Target
  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been taking his case directly to the working people of the commonwealth, promising to help unions restore their power in the state if elected.  The former head of the Democratic National Committee who, as a 22-year old National Financial Director for Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign...