2/1/11

Union Bigs Howl Like Stuck Pigs

Idaho curbs union-only labor corruption
An Idaho Senate panel agreed to another restriction on labor unions Monday, approving a plan to stop unions from shifting money to supplement workers’ wages. It’s the second plan the Senate State Affairs Committee approved in less than a week that some contractors support but has raised red flags from the attorney general’s office.

The legislation would prevent unions from using market recovery funds collected from union workers to pay other workers on a contracted project. Unions could use the funds to allow contractors with union workers to submit lower bids for construction projects. Opponents of market recovery call it a job targeting program, and say it reduces competition and opportunities for non-union workers in Idaho.

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, compared job targeting funds to politicians receiving money under the table. “We want to level the playing field for all Idaho workers and contractors,” Pearce said. “This bill is about freedom. It’s about freedom to protect our workers and our workforce.”
(from idahoreporter.com)

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