Rules + Regs

Florida bans mandatory project labor requirements

Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) signed a bill June 15 that states Florida construction companies no longer have to enter into project labor agreements requiring them to pay union wages and benefits to compete for public construction projects.

The new law took effect July 1, making Florida the 24th state to limit state and local governments' use of mandatory project labor agreements for public construction works. Project labor agreements are pre-hire collective bargaining agreements with one or more labor organizations that establish terms and conditions of employment for certain construction projects. The Florida law applies to local projects in which a majority of funding comes from the state.

Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin also have limited or barred the use of mandatory project labor agreements this year.