Despite receiving federal funding, the Big Dig was subject to a union-only project labor agreement (PLA) that required project contractors and subcontractors agree to recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on the job, use the union hiring hall to obtain workers, pay union wages and benefits, and obey the union’s work rules, job classifications and arbitration procedures. . . .
This union-only funding orgy was estimated to cost $2.8 billion dollars, but costs have exploded to over $22 billion.
Union-only jobs cost taxpayers millions of dollars every year — but as in the case of the “Big Dig” — millions easily add up to billions.