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2016
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With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

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In the wake of an attempt by GOP members of the state legislature to ban Project Labor Agreements in Ohio, the city council of Toledo voted to make them mandatory on all public works projects over $100,000.  The decision was an easy one for the council, which voted 9-2 vote with the support of Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. 

Now, any city project with a price tag higher than the aforementioned threshold will require a contractor to enter into a PLA with the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council. Mayor Hicks-Hudson said the PLA was necessary to protect the city from shoddy contractors:

“It was just last week I learned of a contractor in the city that was violating all kinds of rules.  It provides for quality work being done by quality people.”

Speaking in favor of the PLA requirement was Shaun Enright, Executive Secretary and Business Manager of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council.  Enright argues that PLAs provide vital protections against improper payment of wages and benefits. “This levels the field and makes sure workers are taken care of,” he said.

Earlier this month an amendment to SB 152 that would have banned the requirement or prohibition of PLAs on public works projects was shot down by legislature.  SB 152 passed without the PLA language.

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