Project Labor Agreement Lawsuit - Carter County
The Associated General Contractors of Kentucky, Inc and JMK Electric Co., LLC filed suit against the Board of Education of Carter County, Kentucky and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky Department of Education over the application of a project labor agreement for construction of a new Tygart Creek Elementary School in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
This is a very important litigation to sustain free and open competition for construction of facilities using taxpayer dollars. Below is a list of documents associated with the lawsuit
- Review the complaint here.
- Project Labor Agreement - Agreement between the Carter County School District Board of Education and Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council.
- Advertisement for bids
- Attorney General Jack Conway's 2010 Project Labor Agreement Opinion
Restrictions of the agreement
The the project labor agreement between the Carter County School Board and the Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council limits free and open competition in Carter County. The following are specific examples of how this is displayed in the agreement.
Union Membership in Kentucky
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, February 10, 2010 release on union membership in Kentucky shows union membership in decline.
Unions represent only 8.6% of the Kentucky wage and salary workers in 2009 (See Chart 1).