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PRESIDENTIAL ORDER ON GOVERNMENT-MANDATED LABOR AGREEMENTS MAY LIMIT BUSINESSES' ABILITY TO COMPETE FOR STIMULUS-FUNDED PROJECTS, AGC'S STEPHEN SANDHERR SAYS

February 6, 2009

"Today's executive order has the unfortunate potential to limit contractors' ability to compete for projects at a time when the government is reporting that over one million construction workers have lost their jobs. Given that federal agencies have no demonstrated expertise in writing contracts that cover contractors and their employees, we strongly encourage officials to exercise the discretion this order provides and avoid government-mandated labor agreements," said Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America.

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