Letter to the Editor: Morris County Anti-Competition Resolution

Dear Editor:

Please help us oppose the Morris County Anti-Competition Resolution, which would mandate federally-registered apprenticeship programs for bidders on public works projects. If you are able to, please consider attending the Freeholder Meeting tomorrow evening to publicly oppose the resolution, which would tilt the favor towards Big Labor and Big Business. 

When: Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. (Plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to pick up an AFP t-shirt for solidarity)

Where: The County Administration Building, Floor 5, 10 Court Street, Morristown (Click for directions here)

Why: To oppose the union initiative mandate, which would increase costs to taxpayers

There was also a Freeholder Work Session tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., held at thesame location, where the Freeholders will meet to debate the mandate and hear from industry and Department of Labor representatives. No public comment is allowed, but you are encouraged to attend.

This resolution is an initiative by unions to lock up construction business at the county, as many small businesses cannot afford the cost of setting up an apprenticeship program. According to county staff, costs would rise 30-40%. Moreover, many merit shops have workers with 15-20 years of experience in their respective industries and it does not make sense to go back and become a certified apprentice. 

Additionally, please share with your network our e-mail Action Alert with simple talking points, which automatically goes to all seven (7) Freeholders.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via e-mail at EJedynak@afphq.org or text (862) 229-4953.




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