Governor Asa Hutchinson, along with 18 other governors, has submitted a letter in opposition to the recent proposal of a federal rule that would give a preference to union construction contracts.
President Biden, earlier this year, signed an executive order to require Project Labor Agreements for federal construction projects – which would require federal construction contracts of $35 million or higher to have a project labor agreement that is government-mandated.
A project labor agreement consists of a collective bargaining agreement with labor unions in order to establish terms and conditions of employment for specific construction projects.
Here is what Gov. Hutchinson said on the matter: “Labor unions have played an important role in our nation’s history, but the government’s role in business is to provide an avenue for success and not a roadblock. I’m honored to have the support of 18 fellow governors from all corners of our nation as we seek to oppose this rule and support fairness for our states.”
In addition to Hutchinson, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, New Hampshire Gov Chris Sununu, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgam, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Virginia Gov. Glenn Younkin and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon all signed the letter.
To read the full letter, click here.