My Article on www.FlashReport.org: California High-Speed Rail Authority Keeps Union Deal Out of Public Forums

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The February 11, 2013 edition of www.FlashReport.org includes my article entitled “California High-Speed Rail Authority Keeps Union Deal Out of Public Forums.” It reports on the Project Labor Agreement mandated by the California High-Speed Rail Authority for the first construction segment of the High-Speed Rail.

Critics of the California High-Speed Rail often claim that deliberations and decisions of the Board of Directors and staff of the California High-Speed Rail Authority betray how “the entire process lacks public transparency and accountability.” It does seem true that some important decisions about the high-speed rail project occur without public notice…

Any interested member of the public diligently scrutinizing board agendas and attending meetings of the Board of Directors would never know that all construction companies working on the first segment of the high-speed rail line from Madera through Fresno will be required to sign a Project Labor Agreement (disguised under the term “Community Benefits Agreement”) with unions in the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

Nor would that person ever know that the California High-Speed Rail Authority needs to get permission from the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation to require its contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement for this federally-funded project…

Read the rest at “California High-Speed Rail Authority Keeps Union Deal Out of Public Forums.”

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