Feb. 1, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement praising the Virginia Legislature for passing legislation in both houses that eliminates mandatory project labor agreements imposed by state agencies on contractors:
“For years, Virginia agencies have forced contractors to enter into project labor agreements with union bosses, imposing significant additional costs on taxpayers. Now, that is coming to an end. The Virginia Senate is to be praised for passing Senator Mark Obenshain and Representative Barbara Comstock’s legislation that will eliminate mandatory project labor agreements imposed by state agencies on contractors.
“Senator Obenshain and Representative Comstock have shown their dedication as loyal servants of the Commonwealth’s taxpayers. No longer shall big labor have an exclusive monopoly on taxpayer-funded contracts. If contractors or subcontractors wish to enter into project labor agreements, that’s fine and the proposal would still allow for that. But no business should be forced to enter into such an agreement to qualify for taxpayer funds.
“Now that this legislation has passed, it should be signed by Governor McDonnell immediately.”
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