By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
LANSING — U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is under fire again, this time from a construction trade group that says he has a “Detroit union boss agenda.”
The Republican representing Congressional District 11 angered the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan when he voted May 31 to strip out language in a bill that would have prevented the government from awarding contracts exclusively to unionized companies on certain military construction projects.
“It’s a taxpayer-financed handout to construction union bosses,” said Chris Fisher, spokesman for Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan. “There is no reason why non-union employees should be discriminated and blackballed from construction projects paid for with their own tax dollars.”