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National Publication Highlights Union Hiring Struggles in Georgia for Green Jobs

The national political analysis publication, The American Prospect, recently published a story that highlights Georgia's popularity in the green construction boom, and how non-union contractors are seemingly favored in the bidding process for projects that are subsidized under the Inflation Reduction Act.

"The red state’s green transition and manufacturing renaissance, however, has sidelined trade unions. Building trades groups haven’t managed to strike a single project labor agreement with a major new employer coming to the state, or gain a foothold in construction hiring. Labor leaders say many businesses won’t even return their calls. One reason for that is employers’ resistance to a higher-wage labor force. But at several of the largest electric-vehicle sites coming into the state, Gov. Kemp’s administration has in fact secured economic development deals with these companies that award lucrative contracts for building out the factories to non-union construction firms. The selected companies are also donors to Republicans in the state, including the governor—the former owner of a non-union construction company himself," the article reads.