Sans REO, more opportunity

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As I see it

Last week, Worcester City Manager Michael V. O’Brien notified the City Council of his intention to suspend enforcement of certain provisions of the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance. Specifically, contractors who wish to bid on city work will no longer be required to maintain and participate in an apprenticeship training program and will no longer be required to provide health insurance to workers.

The city manager took this action because of a U.S. District Court judge’s recent decision to strike down Fall River’s REO. If Worcester had persisted in enforcing its REO, it faced the potential of a costly and losing legal battle.

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