This week, the Wisconsin legislature is taking up a bill that would hurt working families and our middle class. Senate Bill 3, and its companion bill Assembly Bill 24, would take away local control by barring state and municipal governments from engaging in certain activities related to Project Labor Agreements. The bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday, February 8 and taken up in the Assembly Labor Committee on Thursday, February 9.
Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) build the middle class and help project workers’ rights and wages in the construction industry. PLAs are a tried and true part of the American fabric helping to build the Hoover Dam and Disney World as well as Wisconsin’s own Lambeau Field and Miller Park. PLAs protect taxpayers by ensuring that projects are completed on time by highly-skilled, well-trained workers.
Removing PLA protections would drive down wages for both union and non-union workers alike. It’s shameful that politicians in Madison are trying to take away local control from our local communities. This is one of the first bills of the session. Legislators should be focusing on creating jobs, skills training, and raising wages, not once again attacking working people.