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2113, 17 Apr 17

Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Neutrality Law


De Pere – Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 3 into law today at Amerilux International, LLC in De Pere. The bill promotes neutrality in the bidding process for public works projects as well as healthy competition between contractors.

“Accountable government means ensuring our taxpayers receive quality service,” Governor Walker said. “By forbidding state and local governments from requiring contractors to enter into agreements with labor organizations, we’re promoting healthy competition between contractors. At the end of the day, this means the contractor ultimately chosen for the project is the one that has demonstrated excellent service and will work at good value for Wisconsin taxpayers.”


2113, 17 April 2017


  1. Jason

    I applaud this shining example of empowering local government!

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    What part of the word “forbidding” don’t you understand?

  3. billphoto

    Jason, I agree.  Having witnessed too many “deals”, hopefully this will help.

    The root problem here is our “conservative” politicians that do the Jeckyl and Hyde thing as soon as the ballots are counted.  Having served with these “conservative” politicians,  I think the following is an apt description which provides the reasoning behind why the law was necessary:

    Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which there is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others’ feelings. People affected by it often spend a lot of time thinking about achieving power or success. They often take advantage of the people around them.

  4. Jason

    Le Roi du Nord, I hope that you aren’t offended by me responding here.  I saw in the other thread that I was accused of being an aggressive, wrathful person, and a habitual slanderer.  LOL  you should look up irony some time.

    With that out of the way, lets get back to this game, which you abandoned in the last discussion about this topic.  Abandoned might be polite, more accurately would be “fled”.  Enumerate and articulate exactly what power has been taken away from local governments by this bill.  My guess is that you are having comprehension issues with this because it’s more than a single word.  ie. it’s more than just “Forbidding”.

  5. Le Roi du Nord


    From Urban Milwaukee:   “Senate Bill 3 – prohibits any unit of state or local governments in Wisconsin from requiring or considering the use or lack of use of any agreement with a labor organization by a contractor bidding on a public works project. Agreements with labor organizations include collective bargaining agreements, project labor agreements, and community workforce agreements. The bill explicitly prohibits state and local governments from requiring a bidder on a public works project to enter into an agreement with a labor organization; considering, as a factor in awarding a bid for a public works project, whether or not a bidder has entered into an agreement with a labor organization; or requiring a bidder or a bidder’s employees on a public works project to join a labor organization, pay dues to a labor organization, or provide anything of value to a labor organization or its associated benefits plan or program.

    “By forbidding state and local governments from requiring contractors to enter into agreements with labor organizations,”.   Quote from the governor (see above).

    There ya go, can’t get much simpler.  Even if it were in the best interests of a local unit of government to enter into such an agreement, the state says you can’t.

  6. Paul

    Notice how the white nationalist troll didn’t answer Jason’s questions. Maybe he was late for a cross burning.

  7. billphoto

    Ha, ha, ha.  Now we have a controversy.  Southern Poverty Law Center, I know, another out-there group, defines white nationalism as nationalist groups that espouse white supremacist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories – Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity – could also be fairly described as white nationalist.

    I think Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance is better.  Specifically Conversational Narcissism.

    To the actual point of Walker’s statement.  SB3 DOES NOT stop municipalities from entering into an agreement where the bidder has an agreement with a labor organization.  SB3 DOES stop municipalities from requiring a labor agreement as a requisite.  Having seen many “deals” in Town, Village and County government designed with conditions to bidding that froze out qualified bidders while favoring others, I only view SB3 as a benefit to taxpayers.

    What I do find disingenuous is buried in the bill is an exemption for WisDOT.  You can read the bill here and decide for yourself.

  8. Jason

    >SB3 DOES NOT stop municipalities from entering into an agreement where the bidder has an agreement with a labor organization.  SB3 DOES stop municipalities from requiring a labor agreement as a requisite.

    It will allow companies – that do not have an agreement – to submit their proposal… then it’s up to the local government to decide, and explain to their constituents why they chose the proposal they did.

    It’s frightening to me that this internet schlub who claims to be a government official cannot understand that simple concept and only “triggers” off the word “Forbid”.  That lack of comprehension is not a quality I seek in my leaders here in SE Wisconsin.

  9. Le Roi du Nord


    If you go back to my original comment on this thread you would have your answer.  When ever the state prohibits or forbids an action of a local unit or municipality it is not an act of empowerment as you stated.   Spin this however you want as I know you will, but this Act is just another case of the state taking away the powers of the locals, and foreclosing options that may be in the best interests of those local units.
    I too am glad I don’t live in your part of the state where there is so little respect for local powers.

    I’m done, have the last word.

  10. Jason

    Wow, that is the exact response I expected to see.

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