Professor David G. Tuerck, chairman of the University Economics Department and executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, testified about research on project labor agreements in Washington D.C.

He spoke at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform, which works under the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He spoke in favor of H.R. 735, “The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act,” which would, in effect, remove language encouraging the hiring of union labor on construction projects of more than $25 million.

Tuerck detailed his research and said that project labor agreements increase construction costs and discourage competition among contractors.