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Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law

The bill explicitly prohibits state and local governments from requiring a bidder on a public works project to enter into an agreement with a labor organization.

By - Apr 17th, 2017 01:12 pm
Governor Scott Walker Signing Right to Work Legislation. Photo from Governor's Office.

Governor Scott Walker Signing Right to Work Legislation. Photo from Governor’s Office.

De Pere – Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 3 into law today at Amerilux International, LLC in De Pere. The bill promotes neutrality in the bidding process for public works projects as well as healthy competition between contractors.

“Accountable government means ensuring our taxpayers receive quality service,” Governor Walker said. “By forbidding state and local governments from requiring contractors to enter into agreements with labor organizations, we’re promoting healthy competition between contractors. At the end of the day, this means the contractor ultimately chosen for the project is the one that has demonstrated excellent service and will work at good value for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

Senate Bill 3 – prohibits any unit of state or local governments in Wisconsin from requiring or considering the use or lack of use of any agreement with a labor organization by a contractor bidding on a public works project. Agreements with labor organizations include collective bargaining agreements, project labor agreements, and community workforce agreements. The bill explicitly prohibits state and local governments from requiring a bidder on a public works project to enter into an agreement with a labor organization; considering, as a factor in awarding a bid for a public works project, whether or not a bidder has entered into an agreement with a labor organization; or requiring a bidder or a bidder’s employees on a public works project to join a labor organization, pay dues to a labor organization, or provide anything of value to a labor organization or its associated benefits plan or program. The bill additionally specifies that the statutory changes occurring under Senate Bill 3 would not apply to employers or employees engaging in agreements or activities protected under the National Labor Relations Act. Authored by Senator Leah Vukmir (R – Brookfield) and Representative Robert Hutton (R – Brookfield), the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 19-13 and was concurred by the Assembly with a vote of 64-35. It is Act 3.

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5 thoughts on “Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law”

  1. Rob kitchen says:

    He just has to continue to completely sell out the working class in his state, look for lots of illegals to be the newest occupants of the state jobforce all local people will starve.

  2. Ron Tischer says:

    We need to get rid of this joke of a Govenor. He is a stain on the history of WI. A working person voting for him is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

  3. JPKMKE says:

    This law ends an archaic practice which was born in backroom profiteering by government purse holders. Modern procurement practices are aimed at neutralizing unfair advantages and maintain competitive bid process. The far majority of working class people in the US are not in a labor union. So this law actually provides more access to work for a much larger group of working class people. If it is defeating to any particular special interest groups, they would be the labor unions, employers who have scopes of work defined in their collective bargaining agreement who are seeking government bids, and the superstructure of administrators, lawyers, and wall street parties who service labor unions.

  4. Jim Lehman says:

    At the end of the day, this means the contractor ultimately chosen for the project is the one that has demonstrated excellent service and will work at good value for Wisconsin taxpayers.”….What this really means is whomever has paid the most money to the government for the contract !

  5. Gerald says:

    Again Walker and the GOP don’t want the average working to be joined together to better their working conditions, he is only interested to the Wealthy, Millionaires so his political future is safe, WAKE UP WISCONSIN VOTE THE CREEP AND HIS FOLLOWERS OUT!!!

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