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Local Businesses Call New Council Apprenticeship Requirement 'Oppressive'

September 24, 2018 - 10:48 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Business owners railed against it as another government overreach.

Now St. Louis County Council members are bumping back to committee a proposed requirement that any company doing business with the county have a sanctioned apprenticeship program.

“This particular legislation is oppressive to the small contractor,” says Tim Weir, co-owner of AMF Electric. 

Also lobbying against the requirement, Michelle Bauer of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

“We like apprenticeship; we just like access for everybody. And we think that choosing one form of training over another limits innovation and limits opportunity for everyone to access what we consider to be an incredible career opportunity in the trades,” she says.

The requirement was part of a greater overhaul of how the county bids out projects. Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger says the overall legislation was designed to increase competition and transparency.