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Dem Gubanatorial hopefuls court union votes

September 24th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Three Maryland Democratic candidates for governor wooed a labor organization on Monday by pledging to pursue labor agreements that steer work on public projects to unionized firms. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said project labor agreements would have a chance in every public project under his administration, while he also noted that there are legal requirements that must be met for them to go forward. He said his administration would work to address legal hurdles. Brown met with union representatives in Cumberland last week.  Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is launching a statewide tour on Tuesday seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, also committed to moving ahead with public labor agreements. Delegate Heather Mizeur, whose district is in Montgomery County, said she pushed to have project labor agreements during the recent legislative session as part of a major Baltimore schools funding measure. But she said Democratic leadership balked at the idea for fear it would jeopardize the proposal.

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