Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill blocking local governments in the state from making project labor agreements, which require contractors working on public projects to use union labor.
The state Legislature passed the bill on a party-line vote, with only Republicans voting in favor in both houses. Democrats objected to the bill as an attack on worker power and cited the benefits of union labor.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett noted that “these types of agreements can enable costs to be more tightly controlled and ensure that there are no disruptions to the construction schedule, for example from strikes.”
The measure on labor agreements is the latest in a series of attacks on unions by Walker. Most notably, the governor severely curtailed collective-bargaining rights and benefits for public sector workers, including teachers, in 2011.
Wisconsin Public Radio, April 17
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, April 17