Apprenticeship Ratios and Public Works Bidding

Author: bill vernon Date: May 17, 2011

This legislation would have effectively precluded small businesses, whether union or non-union, from bidding on most all public construction contracts. Big labor sought to set apprentice ratios in statute with which small businesses could not comply. In addition to unfairly excluding most Rhode Island construction companies from work on public construction projects (such as schools, public safety buildings, state office buildings, etc.), the law would increase the overall cost of public construction by reducing competition in the bidding process. This bill was opposed strongly by NFIB and the business community and the League of Cities and Towns.

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