Skilled workers need the ability to succeed without unnecessary government interference.
But S-3071 and A-3666 seek to limit opportunity for workers, reward special interest groups and inevitably raise costs for public works projects at the taxpayers’ expense.
If signed into law, these bills would mandate that all contractors complete or be actively participating in a registered apprenticeship program to pursue public works projects. These would be mandatory, union-endorsed programs, effectively allowing unions and union shops to corner the market and push out the competition.
This mandate would block many New Jersey small businesses and merit shops from competing for public contracts, leaving only large and well-connected companies to bid on projects. Small business owners and otherwise-skilled workers are left out while just a few companies complete public projects at higher costs.
We need more opportunity for workers, not more restriction. Tell your legislator to put workers before special interests by opposing S-3071 and A-3666.