NJ State Senate Votes to Exclude Non-Union Workers from Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Projects
by Tony Lee
15 Jan 2013
On Monday, the New Jersey state Senate, in a party-line vote, passed a bill that would exclude construction workers who are not a part of a union from doing work related to Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction in the state.
The bill will now heads to the New Jersey assembly. If it passes there, it goes to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ® desk.
According to RedState, New Jersey state Senate President Steven Sweeney (D), who also happens to be an Ironworkers’ union organizer, drafted the bill that would “expand union-only Project Labor Agreements” to “included Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction.”
According to the bill, a “Project Labor Agreement” means “a form of pre-hire collective bargaining agreement covering terms and conditions of a specific project.”
Shrink the available labor pool and the costs and delays for getting people’s homes repaired/replaced increase. Genius! Not that Feds or local zoning (and permits?) people have been helpful either! Standard comment: Were this George W. Bush’s Administration this fiasco would have been headlines and lead stories in newspapers and radio/TV news continually since October! Partisan media hypocrites!