Category Archives: Labor

Bill takes aim at unions

Introduced with love on Valentine’s Day, House Bill 110 is a murky bill that puts restrictions on union agreements for government agencies and companies seeking public contracts for construction and repairs.
H110 Main Page

Short Title:        Public Contracts/Project Labor. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Goodman, J. Bell, Moffitt, and Murry (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to provide for fair and open competition in governmental construction contracts and to prohibit requirements for certain terms in government contracts.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Article 8 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read as follows:

§ 143‑133.1.  Public contracts; labor organizations.

(a) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the provisions of this section will provide for more economical, nondiscriminatory, neutral, and efficient procurement of construction‑related services by the State and political subdivisions of the State as market participants. The General Assembly finds that providing for fair and open competition best effectuates this intent.

(b) Any agent or employee of the State, any board or governing body of the State or of any institution of the State government, or any agent, employee, or board or governing body of any political subdivision of the State awarding a contract for the construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a public building shall not in any bid specifications, project agreements, or other controlling documents:

(1) Require or prohibit a bidder, offeror, contractor, or subcontractor from entering into or adhering to an agreement with one or more labor organizations in regard to that project or a related construction project.

(2) Otherwise discriminate against a bidder, offeror, contractor, or subcontractor for becoming, remaining, refusing to become or remain a signatory to, or for adhering or refusing to adhere to an agreement with one or more labor organizations in regard to that project or a related construction project.

(c) An agent or employee of the State, any board or governing body of the State or of any institution of the State government, or an agent, employee, or board or governing body of any political subdivision of the State shall not award a grant, tax abatement, or tax credit that is conditioned upon a requirement that the awardee include a term described in subsection (b) of this section in a contract document for any construction, improvement, maintenance, or renovation to real property or fixtures that are the subject of the grant, tax abatement, or tax credit.

(d) This section does not prohibit an agent or employee of the State, any board or governing body of the State or of any institution of the State government, or an agent, employee, or board or governing body of any political subdivision of the State from awarding a contract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit to a private owner, bidder, contractor, or subcontractor who enters into or who is party to an agreement with a labor organization if being or becoming a party or adhering to an agreement with a labor organization is not a condition for award of the contract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit, and if the State agent, employee, or board or the political subdivision does not discriminate against a private owner, bidder, contractor, or subcontractor in the awarding of that contract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit based upon the person’s status as being or becoming, or the willingness or refusal to become, a party to an agreement with a labor organization.

(e) This section does not prohibit a contractor or subcontractor from voluntarily entering into or complying with an agreement entered into with one or more labor organizations in regard to a contract with the State or a political subdivision of the State or funded in whole or in part from a grant, tax abatement, or tax credit from the State or political subdivision.

(f) The State or the governing body of a political subdivision may exempt a particular project, contract, subcontract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit from the requirements of any or all of the provisions of subsection (b) or (c) of this section if the State or governing body of the political subdivision finds, after public notice and a hearing, that special circumstances require an exemption to avert an imminent threat to public health or safety. A finding of special circumstances under this section shall not be based on the possibility or presence of a labor dispute concerning the use of contractors or subcontractors who are nonsignatories to, or otherwise do not adhere to, agreements with one or more labor organizations, or concerning employees on the project who are not members of or affiliated with a labor organization.

(g) This section does not do either of the following:

(1) Prohibit employers or other parties from entering into agreements or engaging in any other activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 151 to 169.

(2) Interfere with labor relations of parties that are left unregulated under the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 151 to 169.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies to all contracts awarded on or after that date.

Public employees fight back in Wisconsin

This from TPM:

Workers and their allies in Wisconsin are gearing up for a drawn out fight with the state’s new Republican governor Scott Walker.

On Friday, Walker announced a plan to roll back state government employee rights by decades, and has called on the Wisconsin legislature to enact it quickly.

Here’s the ad

NC and unions

Evidence that unions have a long way to go with North Carolinians. Years of union bashing have done a job on the perception of what organizing accomplishes.
From the new Elon Poll released today:

North and South Carolina citizens are also averse to labor unions. Fifty-four percent of residents have an unfavorable opinion of labor unions, while only 28 percent have a favorable opinion of unions. Asked about what side they would take when labor unions and businesses enter into talks or negotiations, 50 percent of residents said they would side with business and 23 percent said they would side with unions.