Fairfield’s City Council directed its staff this week to “Negotiate a project labor agreement for the train station project.” When there’s only one other party – the union – what’s to negotiate?
Economic history and common sense tell us that a project labor agreement increases the cost of a construction project when compared to one without that requirement. There are two main reasons:
The result is that few, if any, nonunion contractors will bid on a project with a project labor agreement. There is no real competition among bidders, which means higher cost to the government than if nonunion contractors were able to bid freely.
Every objective study ever done bears out the above. Common sense tell us the same thing.
So why did Fairfield’s City Council tell its staff to negotiate contract provisions that will make the train station cost more?
The newspaper account of the council meeting sheds little light. No comment by council members and union representatives was supported by facts – unlike what I’ve stated above. It seems that our elected officials aim to please their staff and the unions.
We taxpayers don’t count! Why? Why?