Prince George’s council approves bills to encourage local hiring, union labor

November 15, 2011

The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved two measures that encourage county government contractors to hire local residents and use unionized labor.

Many county businesses and at least one local business organization opposed the bill, saying the measure could harm their business and exclude them from bidding for government contracts.

The hiring bill was sponsored by council member Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro).

The bill encouraging the use of unionized labor was sponsored by council member Karen Toles (D-Suitland). Both measures originally made the hiring practices mandatory but were revised after County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) objected.

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