Open-shop construction association endorses Emmer

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer has been endorsed by the Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade association of “open shop,” or non-union, firms.

That was to be expected, much like the labor unions lining up behind DFLer Mark Dayton.

The ABC web site says:

“This Wednesday, the MNABC Political Action Committee was pleased to hear from Tom Emmer, a state representative from Delano and the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor. Members shared their frustrations with state prevailing wage restrictions, project labor agreements, and job targeting. Emmer was familiar with these issues, and expressed his passion for regulatory and legal reform of the public and private construction markets. He also shared his strategies for strengthening the commercial lending markets in Minnesota. MNABC PAC is happy to endorse his candidacy for governor, and Dave Berdan [one of the group’s board members] presented Emmer with the maximum of $2,000 allowed by law to support his campaign.”

In a statement, Emmer said the group understands “that it’s not government but businesses which create jobs and opportunities for working Minnesota.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 08/25/2010 - 03:01 pm.

    Here’s a big surprise, an anti-union trade association endorses and anti-union candidate. What miracle will happen next?

    However, I bet this group likes Minnesota’s prevailing wage law that means the State is not trying to build its roads, bridges and buildings on the back of the working guy. If the state didn’t have that, the trade group couldn’t afford to exist, let alone pay equipment costs.

  2. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 05:27 pm.


    The prevailing wage law does build roads and bridges on the backs of the taxpayers, by making builders pay more for labor than what is available on the free and open market.

    I am sure that you complain about monopoly utilities hiking your electric, gas, and water rates, but you sure seem fine with a labor monopoly raising the cost of living for all Minnesotans.

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