The state of Minnesota must now award public construction contracts without regard to union membership. The state's governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, recently signed an executive order declaring that the state will not require contractors sign union agreements as a condition for working on state construction projects.
The order mirrors one recently issued in Arkansas, which requires neutrality to preserve fair competition. Both state orders prohibit the requirement of using union contractors when bidding on state jobs.
January 15, 2006