Torres Law Group files challenge to anti-PLA, anti-apprenticeship law

December 4, 2017

Contact: Laura Garcia (602) 626-8805

TEMPE, Ariz. – December 4, 2017 – Torres Law Group, a leading political law firm in Arizona, filed a complaint last week on behalf of the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council (AZ BTC) against the State of Arizona challenging A.R.S. Section 34-321.

The lawsuit challenges the state law limiting the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) the use of apprenticeship programs.  PLAs are collective bargaining agreements used in the construction industry between multiple employers and employee groups that establish uniform terms and conditions of employment. Apprenticeships provide paid, on-the job training for highly skilled construction labor.

“This law is preempted by federal labor laws, and also conflicts with Arizona’s Home Rule Provision because it regulates the authority of cities and towns,” stated Torres Law Group Partner, Jim Barton.  “We are proud to stand up for working families who continue to be impacted by laws that dilute the rights of workers and hurt our economy overall.”

Torres Law Group, PLLC is a Tempe-based law firm promoting the interests of Arizona’s working families by advising political action committees, social welfare nonprofits and labor groups. The firm litigates a variety of matters, including Freedom of Information Act claims, election-law issues and labor disputes in state and federal court.