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PLA's Killed in Wisconsin

Politico reports Gov. Scott Walker makes Project Labor Agreements illegal, ABC says Trump may follow suit nationally

Posted on
Apr 18, 2017

Knock, Knock.
Who's There?
Aren't ya.
Arent ya who?
Aren't you glad that as a building trades union member you vote Republican. 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Monday that prohibits state agencies and local governments from requiring contractors to use so-called "project labor agreements," or pre-hire collective bargaining agreements, on public projects, Jason Stein reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In a statement , Walker said that "by forbidding state and local governments from requiring contractors to enter into agreements with labor organizations, we're promoting healthy competition between contractors."

But Democrats argue that the bill "will interfere with the ability of local governments to get the best value for projects in their area," according to Stein.  The move drew praise from Ben Brubeck, a vice president with the Associated Builders and Contractors, who wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Trump should follow suit nationwide. The president "may be a famous builder," Brubeck wrote, "but he could learn something about infrastructure from Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Iowa's Terry Branstad (who signed a similar measure last week)." Brubeck called the agreements "a sop to unions that inflate construction costs and discourage competition."

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