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MADISON, WI – Fifty Wisconsin legislators have been selected to receive the 2017 “Building Wisconsin” award, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, in recognition of their leadership on enacted legislation that benefits the state’s construction industry.
During the 2017-2018 legislative session, the “Building Wisconsin” award winners coauthored Senate Bill 3 – which allows all qualified contractors to have a fair shot at performing work paid with tax dollars – or Assembly Bill 508, which expands apprenticeship in our state to allow more workers to receive training for family-sustaining jobs.
“Our members appreciate all the hard work by this distinct group of legislators to reinforce free market principles,” said John Mielke, president of ABC of Wisconsin. “Their efforts will help employers and new apprentices alike by reducing barriers to entering the workforce and levels the playing field for all contractors working on public projects.”
Senate Bill 3 prohibits governmental entities from entering into taxpayer-funded, union-only project labor agreements. This non-discrimination measure ensures all contractors will have an equal opportunity to perform work paid for by taxpayers. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on April 17, 2017.
Assembly Bill 508, signed by Gov. Walker on March 28, 2018, eliminated convoluted Department of Workforce Development rules which restricted construction employers from being able to train as many apprentices as needed. The new law brings Wisconsin’s journeyworker-to-apprenticeship ratios in line with other states, preventing more than one journeyworker from being required to oversee the work of a single apprentice.
The 2017 Building Wisconsin Award recipients are: