Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has signed legislation that bans local governments from requiring project labor agreements on publicly funded construction projects, according to the Associated Press.
Greitens and other state Republicans said the PLA requirement pushes the cost of construction higher and discourages job growth. The governor campaigned on creating a more business-friendly environment in the state by pushing open-shop policies.
The new law, which will go into effect on Aug. 28, has received pushback from Democrats, who warned that the legislation could result in lower wages and a substandard quality of work.