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Bill would withhold Virginia Metrorail money unless labor deal is scrapped

A yellow line Metro train crosses the Potomac. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

In November, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) approved a “project labor agreement.” That sort of deal typically dictates work rules, and some Virginia lawmakers questioned whether it violated the state’s right-to-work laws.

But MWAA and Virginia came to an agreement that the labor deal would be “consistent with Virginia and federal law.”

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) has filed a bill that would prohibit the use of state funds if such an agreement applies to the $2.8 billion second phase of the Dulles rail extension, known as the Silver Line. Virginia has agreed to put $150 million into the project.

“We don’t need agreements that traditionally have resulted in higher costs for construction projects at a time when we’re fighting for every dime we collect to be expended prudently for the taxpayer,” Marshall said.

The bill also would withhold state funding if public access to MWAA’s meetings and records does not comply with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, or if the project is not subject to audit by Virginia authorities.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.



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