Letter: Keep Cloquet's project labor agreement ordinance
The PLA does not restrict any contractors, union or non-union. They are all allowed to bid and work on these projects.
My name is David Hallback I previously held the position as city of Cloquet’s mayor.
It was an honor to represent the citizens of Cloquet. I was proud of many things that moved Cloquet forward during my tenure.
However, I am troubled by the recent discussion to remove the (PLA) project labor agreement ordinance. The PLA does not restrict any contractors, union or non-union. They are all allowed to bid and work on these projects. These are public projects in the city of Cloquet where taxpayers' money is used to finance developers. The project must be more than $150,000 in subsidies to require the PLA.
I have read there is a court challenge to the PLA, based on a recent court case decision called Janus, filed by a group called the Christian Labor Association (CLA) and two non-union Duluth contractors.
The Duluth Building & Construction Trades Council’s attorneys have worked with the Leage of Minnesota Cities and city and county attorneys to amend the PLAs to omit any union security clauses that seemed to be the basis of the CLA suit. This has been completed in the city of Cloquet, and the briefs were filed last week to dismiss this action.
I urge the city of Cloquet mayor and councilors not to remove the PLA ordinance. It’s worked to put Cloquet contractors, Cloquet women and men in the trades to work.