Transportation debate shifts to unions

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2013 11:43 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The battle over legislation to ramp up transportation spending in Pennsylvania by more than $2 billion a year is shifting to labor unions and whether they'll support a provision that could hurt wages for some nonunion tradesmen.

Labor union leaders acknowledged Monday that they're not seeking eye-to-eye on the wage provision as they lobby lawmakers ahead of a potential House vote later this week.

The provision that some labor leaders say they'd support would affect wage requirements on smaller transportation construction projects, such as paving, guardrail work or curbs.

Governor Corbett and Republicans who control the House want the change to win rank-and-file GOP support for a measure that also would raise motorist taxes and fees.

Labor leaders say Democrats are hesitant to support it if unions are split.

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