Long Island Business News: Court Puts Brakes On Oyster Bay’s Apprenticeship Law

From Long Island Business News:

A federal court judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the Town of Oyster Bay’s apprenticeship law, paving the way for non-union contractors to once again work on large construction projects in the town.

The controversial law required contractors working on projects of 100,000 square feet or more to have a state-approved apprenticeship program, which effectively eliminated most non-union competition and forced developers to hire union contractors instead.

The lawsuit against the Oyster Bay law was filed by attorney Jonathan Farrell of Mineola-based Meltzer Lippe on behalf of Hartcorn Plumbing and Heating and the Long Island and New York Mechanical Contractors Association.

“These laws are remarkably illegal and pernicious,” Farrell told LIBN. “The fact that they are popular on Long Island is an irrelevancy. As these statutes particularly pertain to private work, they are enacted to benefit a select group of unionized contractors to the detriment of other union and non-union contractors, consumers and taxpayers.”

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