Cedar Rapids Compromises to Get $15M State Grant

Wed July 06, 2011 - Midwest Edition

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Mayor Ron Corbett said Cedar Rapids has reached compromises that will resolve a dispute that jeopardized a $15 million state grant for the downtown convention complex project.

Gov. Terry Branstad had barred state funds from going to construction projects that have project labor agreements. The agreements give preference to contractors who spell out workers’ pay and benefits.

According to The Gazette, Corbett said June 28 that the compromises will free the $15 million grant as the city rescinds the project’s project labor agreement between the city and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building and Construction Trades Council.

The city promised the trades council that the city will use the project labor agreements on two major projects that won’t involve state funds.