Ohio Senate rejects House changes to labor-related bill



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators have rejected a proposal that would have prohibited Ohio cities, townships, school districts and public universities from requiring the use of unionized labor on construction projects.

A House committee added the restrictions on project labor agreements to a bill banning local hiring quotas on public construction projects. The measure cleared the House on a 51-42 vote Wednesday, but the Senate rejected the changes.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Joe Uecker (EEK'-kur), says the House changes put the bill in jeopardy of being unconstitutional.

Backers say such labor agreements increase the costs of public-works projects. Opponents argue they support local jobs and ensure fair wages.

House Democrats have noted the Ohio Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting a public entity from requiring project labor agreements for local projects in 2002.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast