Midland, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., a Republican candidate for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties, has been endorsed in the August 2018 primary election by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which includes member companies that do business in all three counties.
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., left, and Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Michigan chapter CEO and President Jimmy Greene, after a news conference kicking off a local petition drive to repeal Michigan's so-called "prevailing wage" law.
Jimmy Greene, Midland, president and CEO of the Greater Michigan chapter, said "there have been fewer stronger and louder voices for all of ABC's issues in Lansing, and we all feel a loyalty to Gary that’s been earned over his two terms in the state House of Representatives."
Glenn Friday expressed his thanks for the construction contractors' support. "Associated Builders and Contractors is a widely recognized leader in Michigan's construction industry," Glenn said, "and in tirelessly advocating for America's free enterprise system, skilled trades training, workplace freedom and rights of conscience, and quality construction standards and competitive bidding to ensure the highest-quality construction of public buildings at least cost to taxpayers."
"ABC's member contractors employ 85 percent of the highly-skilled construction workforce in Michigan," Glenn said, "and their leadership in training and placing skilled tradesmen and women in good-paying jobs is recognized both statewide and nationally. I couldn't be prouder to be associated with their member contractors and skilled trades workforce and to have their support."
Greene noted that Glenn -- even before being elected to the House in 2014 -- was a leader in the successful 2012 drive to enact Michigan's Right to Work law, which prohibits compulsory union membership or financial support as a condition of employment. Michigan has been among the nation's leaders in job creation and income growth since the law's passage, Greene said, "for which Rep. Glenn certainly deserves his share of the credit."
Glenn was also recognized nationally for his leadership on that issue, Greene said, being named recipient of the 2015 Senator Everett M. Dirksen Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by the National Right to Work Committee to an individual “making the most outstanding contribution to public awareness and understanding of the Right to Work principle.”
That same year, Greene and Glenn held a news conference at ABC's Midland office to kick off a regional petition drive for another ABC priority, legislation to repeal Michigan's so-called "prevailing wage" law, which requires contractors in all areas to pay union scale wages and benefits on all government construction projects, as set by more expensive union contracts in urban areas. Greene said the law costs taxpayers up to $400 million a year extra in construction of schools and roads.
Glenn called the law "an antiquated government price-fixing scheme that has only one effect, and that is to cost taxpayers more money." He said he will be a leader in the House in support of repeal once the state Supreme Court upholds the validity of the citizens petition drive that will put the measure before lawmakers for a vote.
Greene noted that the statewide Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan -- of which the Greater Michigan chapter is a member -- in 2016 presented Glenn its "Legislator of the Year" award.
The ABC chapter's members include Boyle Construction, Bay Aggregate, and Northern Concrete in Bay City; Wolgast Construction, which does business in Lapeer County; and G&G Electric in Caro.
Glenn's candidacy is also supported by term-limited state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who cannot run for reelection to the seat. Glenn faces former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, in the August Republican primary.