Residents Don’t Want Cheapest Bidder on Government Construction Projects
(Lansing, Mich.) — A majority of residents surveyed in six Michigan counties prefer union electricians over nonunion ones for electrical work
on their homes, schools and government buildings -- even if it costs more, according to a new survey.
Commissioned by IBEW NECA 665 and IBEW NECA 252, the survey asked 400 residents in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw counties
a variety of questions related to the electrical construction industry.
The results show that the vast majority -- 86.3 percent -- of residents do not want local school and government officials to automatically choose the
cheapest bidder for electrical construction projects. Instead, residents say officials should consider factors such as the amount of safety training
electricians have completed.
“Following PA 105 of 2015 and the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law, many local officials may mistakenly believe they are obligated to choose
the cheapest qualified contractor for construction jobs. They are not,” said prominent Michigan labor attorney John Canzano. “Local officials are
perfectly within their rights to set certain responsibility criteria to help guide their decisions.”