Project Labor Agreement Barring Non-Union Contractors Is Ruled Illegal

Kegler Brown Construction Newsletter

The Jefferson County Commissioners, who are going to build a joint County/City of Steubenville Jail, required in the bid documents that successful bidders sign a project labor agreement with the local union. The Associated Builders and Contractors and others, through Ron Mason of the firm, filed suit challenging such a requirement and successfully argued that such a mandatory labor agreement was illegal under Ohio's bidding statues. The Court ruled that the Commissioners had to re-advertise and rebid without such a requirement.