State Gives Equal Opportunity
The Fairness in Public Construction Act ensures union and non-union workers get equal chances in state-funded projects. It also increased penalties for violating the minimum wage law by ten fold. Employers can be fined up to $100 per employee per day.
The bill took several years to pass because a consensus did not come easily between unionized and independent contractors.
"They have pretty sharp differences, but yet they were able to come together and recognize that there are areas where the bidding process for public works construction was unfair," Sen. Rob Mayer said.
The act forbids contractors from using a union when the state funds more than fifty percent of the project. The legislation will go into effect on Aug. 28.