The St. Louis County Council voted Tuesday to eliminate a measure requiring contractors bidding for construction work to have apprenticeship programs. Labor unions have strongly opposed the measure.
The council voted 5-2 to override a veto by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, who supported the requirement.
Unions contend eliminating the rule could lead to poorly trained workers on taxpayer-funded construction jobs.
Republicans on the council who backed the override effort said unions misrepresent the bill, and that it will enable more minority-and women-owned firms to bid for projects.
The bill introduces several changes to the county’s procurement regulations, including elimination of the requirement that prospective contractors participate in Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship programs.
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