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Court Upholds Law Prohibiting Projects Based On Labor Status

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A federal court overturned an order that had suspended a 2012 Michigan Law Friday. The law no longer prohibits Michigan construction companies from working and bidding on projects based on their labor status.

 

 

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan say this is a landmark court decision for them as an organization to ensure equal opportunity and fair play in construction. This now leaves the decision on who can work on the projects up to the private companies, as opposed to local governments.

 

The organization says tax payers win because there will be more bidding on projects now that the chance for monopolies are eliminated, which will provide more opportunities to receive the best value.

 

"This is public money at stake, this is taxpayer dollars. There is no room for favoritism. The public deserves fiscal responsibility and accountability and this court ruling delivers that to Michigan citizens today," said Chris Fisher, the president and CEO with Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan.

 

Fisher says 82 percent of construction workers are non-union.

6 News reached out to the building construction and trades council for comment, but they said they do not have enough information on the court ruling to make a statement.

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