Idaho Anti-Union Laws Rejected

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Two controversial measures targeted at unions, passed by the 2011 Idaho Legislature, have been shot down by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill. The Associated Press reports today that Winmill rejected both laws, scoring a big win for Idaho building and construction unions.

The so-called Open Access to Work Act banned labor agreements that would have required contractors to use union workers as a condition for government construction jobs.

"The act skews those forces by robbing unions of the opportunity to even seek a project labor agreement on a public works project," wrote Winmill.

The so-called Fairness in Contract Act would have prohibited unions from including union dues when submitting competitive bids. According to the AP, Winmill said the Act was invalid because it would bar programs protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

Last year, the Idaho Attorney General's Office advised lawmakers that they would probably lose in court when unions challenged the laws' viability.

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