Labor pact foe will ask for Fairfield city records

By From page A6 | August 06, 2014

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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  • 2realAugust 05, 2014 - 5:56 am

    Moy... shut it! Id love this city to if all i did was nothing and lie and they still cut me a check.leave and dont come back.

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  • AlfAugust 05, 2014 - 7:10 am

    Ms Moy. It has nothing to do with love. And since when do you fall all over yourself listening to staff? Is it because an election is coming and you didn't want to upset the unions. Now you've turned on your base of support. And they are not very happy with you. This is the situation you find yourself in when you violate your beliefs to acquire votes or satisfy political enemies so they don't try to take you out. People see through that.

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  • Eric ChristenAugust 05, 2014 - 7:40 am

    It appears that Ms.Moy, despite repeated and detailed warnings about what the PLA is, will now blame staff for lying to her about how this was "going to be a union-only job anyway." As I told the women's group yesterday, and will continue to do so to other groups in this city, elected officials need to be held accountable for their actions. In this case they need to be held to account for increasing this project's costs by millions of dollars, discriminating against workers and contractors, and, if they are Republicans, stupidly handing your enemies hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations they will use against Republican candidates statewide. It defies belief that a person who takes their fiduciary responsibility to their constituents seriously, and who calls herself a "conservative Republican", could cast such a reckless vote.

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  • Eric ChristenAugust 05, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Notice how Ms. Moy is resorting to blaming her staff for her horrendous vote and and making the issue about everything other than the PLA (her past votes, her health, her relationships with this group). It's embarrassing. Elected officials need to be held accountable for their votes and they will be on this one. Union bosses just rolled the 5 tools on this council and the taxpayers and workers will pay the price. We will continue to educate the citizens of this town about what the PLA means to them and who the best candidates are to represent them in the upcoming elections.

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  • Oh, well....August 05, 2014 - 10:53 am

    I'm kinda surprised (but, not really) that FF went this way. After all, they did a study in 2001, I believe, that showed PLA's actually cost the city between 5 and 15 percent more than open bidding. I guess that didn't matter or it was chosen to be ignored.

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  • truth'nAugust 06, 2014 - 8:47 am

    I don't need any elected official to love me. I need them to make an educated vote that agrees with my wishes for a good city. Voting one way while speaking another is not wise. I suggest we VOTE OUT anyone who supported this mess.

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 06, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Thanks again, Eric Christen, for all your efforts. The council sure voted wrong on this issue. The recent DR poll on this subject showed 63% of the public were against PLAs. The question remains, will the public (the boss) remind their servants (the council) that the boss doesn't like being slapped in the face come election time? Let's hope the boss is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore!!!!

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  • Save Fairfield vote Moy OUTAugust 06, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Moy, you continue to hurt our city. You have proven AGAIN that you will say anything for a vote, and don't care what is good for the greater group.

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  • truth'nAugust 06, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    To be far, it isn't just MOY who voted for this mess. Vote them ALL OUT.

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