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Fair Contracting Issues Examined at NAFC Conference

October 3 2007
NMAPC News

Convening for the 9th straight year, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting (NAFC) held its annual Labor Management conference in Chicago from October 1st through the 3rd. Focusing on initiatives to promote a more fair and competitive contracting environment, the members of NAFC, including the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC), met for three days to take a closer look at what needs to be done now to preserve union construction’s place in the industry.

With the alliance’s legal counsel and directors meeting on the first day, the second day of the conference was full of speakers and workshops, providing attendees with updates on past efforts, plans for the future and tools and resources to compete more effectively. A report on the Ohio General Assembly’s recent decision to grant authority to school districts to establish responsible bidder criteria proved that the future of the political landscape in the state of Ohio is looking bright for union construction. Following a presentation by Bevin Powers, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Laborers’ International, New York State Commissioner of Labor, Patricia Smith, took to the podium to address the accomplishments of NAFC in her state and the roadblocks that lay ahead.


Before a packed hall and local news teams, Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich closed out the morning’s agenda with his take on worker misclassification and a promise to continue the partnership that he and NAFC began forging in 2003.


The future of the NAFC: 



  • Continue to work cooperatively and professionally with government officials as they go about enforcing compliance with existing labor laws on publicly funded construction projects.
  • Continue to educate the public on the importance of existing labor laws and the creation of new legislation to protect the American worker in the work place.
  • Take a more proactive stance on such important national issues affecting union construction such as the misclassification of workers and the abuse of “Independent Contractor” status

For more information on NAFC please visit www.faircontracting.org

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