Project employment contracts (PDOs), usually negotiated with unions, are a contentious issue for many in the construction industry, but proponents argue that they set the rules for all participants in a construction project and are the best way to get fair employment. Critics say union rates of pay increase costs and penalize non-unionized businesses and employees. Both the AGC of America and the Associated Builders and Contractors reject government-imposed EPAs. UPDATE: September 7, 2018: A preliminary agreement has been reached between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contractors of Washington, the Seattle Times reported. If the proposed framework contract is approved, it would end a 17-day strike at construction sites in western Washington.