3/10/11

Labor-State Reform Clears Hurdle

Outdated 'Project Labor Agreements' amount to extortion for 'labor peace'
After hours of testimony, the Michigan Senate Restructure Reform and Reinvent Committee forwarded the bill to the Senate by a 4-2 vote. The bill limits so-called project labor agreements - pre-hire collective bargaining agreements that set wages and workplace rules.

It was the latest focus of a showdown between labor and Republican lawmakers. In recent weeks, union members have organized several large rallies at the Capitol over bills perceived to be anti-labor.

"Anti-competitive contracts reduce competition. They increase costs," said Chris Fisher, chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, a statewide trade association. "The days of picking winners and losers must end."
(from lansingstatejournal.com)

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