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The labor provision would apply to city-funded “hospitality” projects in Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, and Olmsted Counties.
(Published Apr 19, 2013)
The House Ways & Means Committee amended the Omnibus Tax Bill (HF 677, Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington) to require any public-funded project that employs hospitality workers to enter into a “labor peace agreement” as a condition of accepting any public funds. The amendment only applies to cities in Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis and Olmsted Counties, and applies to construction and development of a hotel, sports facility, convention center, or cultural facility with catering or cafeteria facilities.
There were a number of procedural votes related to adoption of the amendment, with the votes breaking largely along party lines.
A labor peace agreement is an agreement between a developer and a labor organization seeking to represent hospitality workers on qualifying projects. The labor organization agrees not to picket or otherwise disrupt work on the project, in exchange for establishing a process for determining employee preference regarding union representation. Labor peace agreements have been used on individual projects, such as the Viking Stadium, and have been adopted as municipal ordinances. Minneapolis has a labor peace ordinance, although the provisions differ from those in the proposed legislation.
A bill containing the same provision (HF 1765, Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park) will be heard in the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, April 23rd. Any cities that would be covered by this legislation should contact the League if you have questions or concerns about the bill.
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