Florida faces lawsuit over SunRail construction

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Two labor unions sued the state of Florida for hiring non-union workers to build and maintain the Orlando-area SunRail commuter train line, reports WFSU.

The Florida AFL-CIO and Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen claim that the state is not honoring what it agreed to in order to break the legislative stalemate over the SunRail construction in 2009 and in a contract in 2011.

The labor unions are asking a Leon County circuit court judge to order the state to let union workers take over construction and maintenance of the SunRail track.

The suit states a qualified company had bid for the work but was rejected even though it was the lowest bid. Currently a non-union company is subcontracting to do the work.

The line, which runs north and south from Orlando, is scheduled to open to passengers in the spring.

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