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Project Labor Agreement Faces Legal Challenge in Pennsylvania

Sept. 23, 2019, 10:33 PM

A Pennsylvania county’s policy of only using construction contractors that hire unionized workers allegedly violates constitutional protections for free speech and due process, according to a federal lawsuit filed Sept. 23.

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania’s lawsuit argues that Westmoreland County’s project labor agreement with the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council runs afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. That decision said public sector unions violate nonmember workers’ First Amendment rights if they require them to pay fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining.

The lawsuit could be a bellwether...

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