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MCA Exposes Inaccuracies in Sham Report on Union-Only PLAs

The Merit Construction Alliance has issued a rebuttal to a special commission’s 11th-hour report that urges mandating costly and discriminatory Project Labor Agreements on taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects.


Union contractors ask court for relief from state's new "Sick Time" law

Six Massachusetts trade associations representing union contractors have filed a petition in US District Court seeking relief from the new Massachusetts “Sick Time” law, M.G.L. c. 149, §148C.

The new law, which kicks in July 1, 2015, requires employers with more than 10 workers to allow their employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year. Employees may also carry over up to 40 hours of sick time to the next calendar year.


Worcester REO is Defanged

Open-shop contractor group calls on Worcester to end apprenticeship mandate

By Nick Kotsopoulos TELEGRAM & GAZETTE

WORCESTER — The city will no longer apply the apprenticeship training provision of its Responsible Employer Ordinance in the wake of an recent federal appeals court ruling.


The REO Gets Fired

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Article published Jul 18, 2014


The REO gets fired

Union groups and their allies at City Hall may not be ready to admit it, but the city of Worcester's Responsible Employer Ordinance, passed in September 2012, is effectively dead following a Wednesday ruling by the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Appeals Court Upholds ban on Union-Favored Hiring Practice

The Patriot Ledger

By Patrick Ronan

July 18. 2014 3:20AM

Appeals court upholds ban on union-favored hiring practice

BOSTON – A federal appeals court has ruled that communities in four New England states, including Massachusetts, cannot require companies bidding for public construction jobs to have employee-apprentice programs, a blow to trade unions that have traditionally benefited from such policies.


Federal Appeals Court Sides with MCA, Strikes Down Quincy Ordinance

Federal Appeals Court Sides with MCA, Strikes Down Quincy Ordinance

City Attempted to Block Merit Shop Contractors with Union-Friendly Law


First Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has rejected arguments by the City of Quincy and upheld a lower court ruling that federal law preempts a city ordinance designed to steer public construction work to organized labor. The legal victory for the plaintiff, the Merit Construction Alliance, evens the playing field for non-union contractors who are bidding for public projects against union contractors.