Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Federal Judge’s Ruling Could Have Impact on Union Construction Across US


In a potential setback for construction unions which are benefiting from Jersey City's residential housing building boom, a federal court Monday sided with a trade association's challenge of a city law that requires developers seeking certain tax breaks to hire union and local laborers.

The decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court's ruling and allows the trade association's lawsuit to move forward. The group alleges the city's law requiring union labor on large-scale tax-abated projects violates multiple federal laws, including the National Labor Relations Act.

Attorney Russell J. McEwan, who represents the plaintiffs, which include the New Jersey chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, hailed the ruling and said he feels confident his side will prevail in the end.


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