Despite efforts to educate Ingham County residents about wasteful and discriminatory union-only project labor agreements through television news coverage and by mail, the County Commission moved one step closer to requiring PLAs on county projects costing over $100,000. The Commission’s County Services Committee voted 4-2 in favor of an amended version of the PLA requirement bill. This bill will now advance to the Commission’s Finance Committee for further consideration.
While some may perceive the amendments as benefiting non-union workers, the bottom line is this requirement is still designed to exclude the 75 percent of Michigan’s construction workforce that decided not to join a union from building projects in Ingham County. In fact, County Commissioner Mark Grebner came right out and told local media that he supports the PLA requirement BECAUSE it will exclude non-union workers:
“I’m not saying that the reasons I’m supporting this are all these obscure things about quality,” he said. “The primary reason I support a PLA is because I really believe that we’re better off as a society if unions are available to work with and if unions are supported.”
You have to respect his honesty…