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2011 Senate Bill 165: Ban project labor agreements

Public Act 98 of 2011

Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on February 17, 2011 To prohibit project labor agreements in state, school and local public construction, road projects, etc., or as a condition of selective tax breaks granted for private projects. Project labor agreements require a contractor to mandate that each employee must join a union as a condition of working on a project. Note: Projects using any state money would still be subject to the “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to the lowest bidder unless the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales, which are generally above actual market rates. Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 4224 would repeal “prevailing wage”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on February 17, 2011
Reported in the Senate on March 15, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 14, 2011 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 14, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on June 16, 2011 To clarify that the a local government would still be allowed to grant a selective tax break or subsidy to particular unionized firm or developer, as long as the special treatment is not granted because of the beneficiary's unionization.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 16, 2011
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 16, 2011 (same description)
To prohibit project labor agreements in state, school and local public construction, road projects, etc., or as a condition of selective tax breaks granted for private projects. Project labor agreements require a contractor to mandate that each employee must join a union as a condition of working on a project. Note: Projects using any state money would still be subject to the “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to the lowest bidder unless the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales, which are generally above actual market rates. Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 4224 would repeal “prevailing wage”.
Received in the House on June 16, 2011
Referred to the House Commerce Committee on June 16, 2011
Reported in the House on June 21, 2011 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 62 to 47 in the House on June 29, 2011 (same description)
To prohibit project labor agreements in state, school and local public construction, road projects, etc., or as a condition of selective tax breaks granted for private projects. Project labor agreements require a contractor to mandate that each employee must join a union as a condition of working on a project. Note: Projects using any state money would still be subject to the “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to the lowest bidder unless the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales, which are generally above actual market rates. Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 4224 would repeal “prevailing wage”.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 19, 2011

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