BREAKING NEWS! CFEC UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE EXPOSING HIGH SPEED RAIL SCAM!
New Website www.CaliforniaHighSpeedRailScam.com Brings Experienced, Pugnacious, Relentless Opposition to the Effort to Terminate California High-Speed Rail
Union-Only Project Labor Agreement Provokes Professional Response to Train Debacle
CA – The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction today announces the launch of its comprehensively-researched opposition website www.CaliforniaHighSpeedRailScam.com, with the tag line “The Debacle to End All Debacles.” This website helps build the case to terminate what would be the most expensive construction project in human history.
“There are several grassroots organizations in California valiantly challenging the High-Speed Rail Authority’s taxpayer-funded public relations machine from various angles,” said Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC). “We are now bringing their work together in one place, while adding our own expert perspective on construction and labor relations.”
The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction has 14 years of high-profile experience pugnaciously and relentlessly fighting construction schemes in California that entangle wasteful government projects with labor union entitlements known as Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Among its victories is the derailment of a proposed Project Labor Agreement backed by former Governor Gray Davis for the construction of the new University of California campus in Merced.
The Request for Proposals for the Madera to Fresno first segment of the Initial Operating Section includes two provisions (Sections 7.11.3 and 10.1) giving construction trade unions a monopoly on the project by requiring all construction companies to sign a Project Labor Agreement.
A Project Labor Agreement (disguised under the deceptive name “Community Benefits Agreement”) negotiated with officials of the State Building and Construction Trades Council was also included in the bid specifications, to ensure that the five prequalified design-build consortiums fully understood the directive to give unions a monopoly on construction.
The website so far includes the following sections:
10. Art Inspired by the High-Speed Rail (parody art sponsored by Activist Artists 4 California)
“I’m meeting constantly with Californians who express utter disbelief that this California High-Speed Rail debacle is still chugging along toward its inevitably catastrophic conclusion,” said Christen. “This project stinks of failure, waste, and lack of accountability. The typical Californian is intrigued by the idea of high-speed rail but alarmed and disgusted by its disorganized implementation.”