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Governor Greitens Signs Labor Reform Bill

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Governor Greitens Signs Labor Reform Bill

Earth City, MO  (KTRS)  Missouri is facing more labor reform. On Tuesday, Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 182. The measure will prevent Missouri cities from requiring union wages in public construction projects. Greitens said this will “level the playing field” and increase jobs. “Project Labor Agreements drive up the cost of construction and kill […]

Governor Greitens Signs Labor Reform Bill

Earth City, MO  (KTRS)  Missouri is facing more labor reform.

On Tuesday, Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 182. The measure will prevent Missouri cities from requiring union wages in public construction projects. Greitens said this will “level the playing field” and increase jobs.

“Project Labor Agreements drive up the cost of construction and kill jobs,” said Greitens.

“Our top priority is more jobs for the people. We’re eliminating this sweetheart deal for special interests, protecting taxpayers, and creating more opportunity for all workers in Missouri.” Greitens added.

Greitens was joined by other Republican lawmakers when he signed the legislation at Automation Service in Earth City, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  The former presidential candidate signed similar legislation in April.

“Governor Greitens is doing what he said he was going to do,” said Walker.

“When I was first running in 2010, our unemployment rate was 9.2 percent. It’s now down to 3.2 percent. We’ve got the most people employed ever in our state’s history.” Walker added.

The new law bans “project labor agreements,” or PLAs, in which local governments require companies to pay union wages when they carry out tax-funded projects such as schools, police departments, and roads. Under the new law, Missouri cities and counties that don’t comply could be penalized with lost state funding or tax credits.

Meanwhile, opponents claim the measure will lead to low-quality workmanship.

This legislation follows the “Right To Work” law which Greitens signed earlier this year.

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