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Denver Event Shows How Card Check Hurts Union and Non-Union Construction Workers

March 31, 2009

AGC CEO Steve Sandherr, Dave Ivis, executive vice president of GE Johnson, and Kevin Fone, project superintendent, pose for a Denver Post photographer.

AGC CEO Steve Sandherr, Dave Ivis, executive vice president of GE Johnson, and Kevin Fone, project superintendent, pose for a Denver Post photographer.

AGC hosted an event in Denver this week and detailed how the proposed "Card Check" legislation currently being debated in Washington poses real risks for the nation's union construction workers.

AGC CEO Steve Sandherr explained how provisions in the bill, known as the Employee Free Choice Act, required federal arbitrators to settle all but the briefest of contract negotiations. Having Washington-appointed officials set final contract terms for individual companies would make it harder to maintain collective bargaining, which is a central benefit of unionized construction, he said.

Sandherr spoke at a union construction site for a new hospital outside of Denver. Read coverage from The Denver Post and Denver Business Journal.

For more information, contact Brian Turmail at (703) 837-5310 or turmailb@agc.org.

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