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Project labor agreements get green light (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan The federal government Tuesday officially shifted toward project labor agreements, confirming the fears of nonunion contractors. Starting May 13, federal agencies can require PLAs on projects that receive more than $25 million in federal money. Mike Zignego, ...

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Sick leave lawsuit referred to Supreme Court

By Sean Ryan A state court of appeals will ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider the case over Milwaukee’s sick leave law. Instead of ruling Thursday in the lawsuit between the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and 9to5, National ...

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City faces local preference criticism (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan A Milwaukee alderman is defending the city’s preference for local bidders against criticism from Milwaukee 7, a group formed to promote regional cooperation. “It seems any type of legislation or a policy objective that benefits the city ...

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Contracts caught in bid preference debate

Sean Ryan sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com Milwaukee is bidding out three contracts that would grant a 5 percent cushion to city-based builders even as two contractors are asking a judge to prohibit the local preference. A Milwaukee County judge on Nov. 3 will ...

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Farming dispute tests development laws

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com The town of Magnolia and a farming company are taking their development dispute to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals with both sides predicting dire consequences if they lose. Agricultural development in the state will die if Larson ...

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A-1 Excavating settles with OSHA

Sean Ryan sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com A-1 Excavating Inc.’s $474,000 settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could send a serious message to other underground contractors. The agreement settles citations the Bloomer-based company received in 2008 and 2009. Inspectors from OSHA targeted ...

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Local-preference awards spark debate in Milwaukee

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com Backers of Milwaukee’s ordinance that favors local companies in construction bidding are defending the rule, even though its first use is likely to cost taxpayers more than $25,000. “I do think it’s a fair trade-off,” said Milwaukee ...

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Regulators step up runoff enforcement

Sean Ryan sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com Regulators have a stern message for contractors: If you ignore runoff and storm-water rules, we’ll see you in court. This week, the Wisconsin Department of Justice settled two cases against property owners and contractors that violated state ...

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Uncertainty undermines Tower Auto property

Sean Ryan sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com Unresolved land-sale negotiations between Milwaukee and the Tower Automotive property owner are scaring away businesses and stymieing site redevelopment. The property could become Milwaukee’s inner-city signature development — akin to Miller Park or the Milwaukee Art Museum’s ...

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