Last Friday, February 4, probably even before the task force report was printed, the president signed another executive order that further paves the way for unionization, this one requiring that large federally funded projects use project labor agreements — a pre-contract commitment by employers to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with at least one union, for the construction to proceed. As signed by the President, the Executive Order on Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects (the Order) covers work directly funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package that was passed by the Congress and signed by President Biden in November. The Order requires “every contractor or subcontractor engaged in construction” on projects over $35 million to agree to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with one or more labor organizations. Although there may not yet be a direct correlation to small business or franchise industry interests, it is not a stretch to envision a broader order being signed that covers the franchise industry – especially in the wake of ongoing union organizing within Starbucks stores across the country.  As the old adage goes: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”