Idaho’s Republican-dominated Senate Committee is, once again, pursuing legislation that would outlaw Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), the pre-hire labor contracts they claim “require” union work on public works projects.
The bill is a reprisal of a failed effort in Idaho last year to pass the “Open Access to Work Act” which a federal judge struck down. That judgement also defeated the “Fairness in Contracting Law,” a bill highly favored by the staunchly anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
Union attorney James Piotrowski, who was present at the recent, along-party-lines Senate Committe vote, said that the bill was likely to meet the same fate as the Fairness in Contracting Law did last year. Piotrowski pointed out that no PLA requiring union work on a public works project has ever been put in place in Idaho, making the bill a solution in search of a problem, a rather ceremonial attack on union labor.