FAIRFIELD — Three local companies are among 29 that didn’t bid on the Intermodal Station Project because of the project labor agreement, says an opponent of such pacts who will make a California Public Records Act request to Fairfield for documents from contractors, trade unions and city staff involving the transit development.
Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, told the Solano Republican Women Federated meeting Monday about the companies and later spoke about the records act request he said he’ll submit Tuesday to the city.
The Fairfield city staff said the labor agreement would not significantly impact project costs because it was likely most contractors will be union affiliates.
Christen said the labor agreements are a political tool used as welfare for workers who can no longer compete and want to return to the 1930s and 1960s.
Dues collected by unions involved in such pacts represent a blank check to use against certain candidates, he told the GOP group that also heard Monday from state Assemblyman Dan Logue.
Christen said Logue won’t get a dime from the unions that benefit from the labor agreement approved July 22 by a 5-0 Fairfield City Council vote. Christen said the pact will boost by 13 percent to 15 percent the cost of the estimated $80 million project.
Support for the labor agreement means the five City Council members believe they know how to run a multimillion-dollar business better than owners of construction companies, he said.
“This is madness,” Christen said. “This is not the way to run a country, let alone a city.”
The list of 29 contractors Christen provided includes Fairfield companies Award Painting, Certified Coatings and Pacific Power & Systems.
Fairfield City Councilwoman Catherine Moy, who attended the Republican women meeting, said she’s faced union opposition for her position on issues and that her husband ran a nonunion shop for 20 years. But Moy said she has to rely on city staff for its assessment of the labor agreement.
It’s easy to attend a meeting such as the GOP gathering Monday and shake your head about the council vote, she said.
Moy said she’s fought against water and sewer rate increases and told those who attended the meeting at the Solano County Republican Party headquarters on Jackson Street in Fairfield that, “I love you.”
“I love this city,” she said.
Christen during his talk described the Fairfield labor agreement as exactly like every such document he’s read in his 16 years of involvement with such matters.
“I know good people who have voted for these,” he said.
He’s worked to get them out of office, the executive director of the fair employment coalition said.
“I’m not anti-union,” he said. “I’m pro-freedom.”
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