ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jim Gander’s local and state taxes will help pay for an $85 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center. So will the heating and plumbing contractor get a shot at some of the 700 jobs spread over three years of the publicly funded project?
Not a chance, Gander says, blaming a project labor agreement, which city officials signed with organized labor.
“It does mean a lot to some of the contractors in town who would have bid on the job,” said Gander, who owns Superior Mechanical. “What frightens me is, if they’re so anxious to sign a PLA for this civic center, maybe next year they’ll sign a PLA for a fire station or a police station or another civic building. I’ve done four out of the last five fire stations in Rochester.”