Wednesday, July 30, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Taxpayers don’t count

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From page A8 | April 27, 2014 |

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:

  • Nonunion contractors must pay union pension and health care costs to the union treasuries – in addition to what they already provide to their employees – even though their employees will never get any benefits from the unions. Keep in mind that California law requires “prevailing wage” – union rates – for publicly funded projects; so employee pay is not a factor. But having to hand that extra money to the unions just increases the nonunion contractor’s cost – and therefore what he must add to his bid.
  • Workers on projects with project labor agreements must come from union hiring halls. What this means is that a nonunion contractor may not get all of his employees to work on the project; but will have to accept some laborers from the union hall.

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?

John Takeuchi

Fairfield

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 18, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    The Unions like SEIU and CCPOA have more money to payoff the politicians? Just guessing...

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  • Joseph D. JoyceApril 27, 2014 - 1:43 am

    See how much money the unions donate to these officials campaigns. Very unfortunate.

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  • Tax PayerApril 27, 2014 - 6:15 am

    John, you know the answer to your own question. The unions buy the politicians and the politicians have to pay them back. You cannot get elected without their support.

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  • LarryApril 27, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Thanks John Takeuchi for your personal insight concerning the union. However, I must say that the same is true on the other hand when business make political donations to our elected leaders. Bottom line they all want something in returned, just ask the following individuals: Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry, and my favorite the Koch brothers.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Larry---you are blind. You are stuck in the past and you don't seem to understand facts and reality. You want a social welfare state and that is the new slavery.

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  • Salty DogApril 27, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Larry what do you have to say about the $15,000.00 that Pam Bertani revived from the union That is about 60% of her campaign contributions.

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  • CD BrooksApril 27, 2014 - 10:44 am

    C'mon Salty Dog, you challenged me now disprove my comment. Oh yeah you can't! That's okay nobody else could either.

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  • LarryApril 27, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Salty Dog. You are obsess with Pam Bertani. You need to focus on my comment, and you will probably understand that we're saying the same thing.

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  • Salty DogApril 27, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Larry the only ones that i have herd of are the koch brothers and the last time i checked the Daily Republic they did not contribute to any of the local candidates But the SEIU Union gave a lot of money to Pam Bertani About 60% of what she raised and thats what should worry you. Just what will that cost the tax payers of Fairfield and Solano County

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  • JagApril 27, 2014 - 10:02 am

    We don't count

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  • Rich GiddensApril 27, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Larry, Pornac, Jason Knowles, Kirchebel et al have no idea of how business or the economy works and they are leading a mindless hateful mob to their own destruction---"get the person who has a dollar more then you!". "Tax the filthy rich!" and worse---they are now engaging in racial politics by incitement against fewer and fewer white people in a state dominated by mostly minorities and their democratic rat political party. They do this to deflect attention away from Obama's record of minority joblessness, lack of academic achievement and high incarceration rates along with broken / single parent dysfunctional families on welfare. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Basketball Johnson has joined in and the local and national media outlets coordinate the incitement and hatred. That's truly the work of Stalin, Lenin and Alinsky. They are playing with fire. Local and State Government are CORRUPT and are DESTROYING California with union thuggery that's causing massive unemployment, poverty and misery. Unemployment is much lower in non-union States like Texas and South Carolina. They don't want to admit it so they deflect attention with emotional appeals and the racial incitement of people who are "low information voters" (a term the Republicans coined). It's not good and California is in really big trouble.

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