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'COMMON SENSE WILL PREVAIL IN THE SUPREME COURT,' SAYS CONSTRUCTION LEADER IN BOSTON HARBOR CASE; AGC OF AMERICA TO FILE AN AMICUS BRIEF

'COMMON SENSE WILL PREVAIL IN THE SUPREME COURT,' SAYS CONSTRUCTION LEADER IN BOSTON HARBOR CASE; AGC OF AMERICA TO FILE AN AMICUS BRIEF
 WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The 32,500-member firm Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a challenge by the 16,000- member firm Associated Builders & Contractors challenge to an attempt to exclude non-unionized workers and open shop construction contractors from work on the $6.1 billion Boston Harbor clean-up project.
 The Justice Department has told the Supreme Court that it supports the exclusionary proposal which the construction industry opposes.
 "Just as it would be indefensible if any unit of government decided its construction work would have to be performed exclusively by non-union workers, it is also indefensible that construction work financed by taxpayer dollars could become the exclusive preserve of unionized construction workers," said Robins H. Jackson, president of AGC.
 Jackson, a Waterloo, Iowa, general construction contractor, said "AGC is filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of equal access by all construction contractors and their employees to the multi- billion taxpayer financed public works construction market." He expressed the hope that AGC's intervention with a friend-of-the-court brief will make clear that the basic principle involved is not whether open shop or unionized employers get market access to publicly financed construction, but whether any government entity has even a remote right to deny livelihoods to non-unionized workers.
 "I do not have even the slightest doubt," said Jackson, "that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of unabridged worker rights and against any governmental entity deluded into thinking it can impose compulsory unionism as we approach the 21st century."
 The Associated General Contractors of America equally represents contractors who work with collective bargaining agreements and contractors who work on an open shop basis.
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