City of Cincinnati, labor group win key lawsuit over contracting

By Chris Wetterich
Jan 5, 2018, 2:57pm

Under federal law, it is OK for the city of Cincinnati to require bidders on contracts to have apprenticeship programs and health and retirement plans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled, a major victory for Cincinnati City Council Democrats and the Laborers International Union, which pushed for the requirements.

The so-called “responsible bidder” ordinance has been the subject of lawsuits and long-running disputes between council’s progressive and conservative members since it was enacted in 2013.

In the case, Allied sued the city. A U.S. District Court judge ruled against the city but was reversed on appeal.

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