UPDATE: I obtained a copy of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California February 5, 2013 letter to California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard defending the Project Labor Agreement. And here is a copy of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of California January 23, 2013 letter to California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard opposing the Project Labor Agreement.
Notable in the union letter (and in a Tweet below) is the use of the label “right-wing,” evidently for inspiring the ordinary Californian to react in outrage and contempt at the critic. No thinking needed: it’s “right-wing” to criticize a union monopoly on the construction of a taxpayer-funded project estimated at $150 billion (that’s my prediction – as good as $98.1 billion or $68.4 billion) – a monopoly established without any public review or vote.
Considering the power of the taxpayer-funded government agency known as the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its allied coalition of corporations and unions that funded the California High-Speed Rail political campaign (in contrast to the volunteer grassroots groups of farmers and community activists opposing it*), I would instead describe the critics as…
defenders of the next generation of Californians and Americans from unbelievably crushing, irresponsible debt accumulated through this train vision.
* Here are some of these groups, which seem to range from reasonably skeptical to aggressively angry: Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA), Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD), Community Coalition on High-Speed Rail (CC-HSR), Against California High-Speed Rail, Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF), High-Speed Boondoggle, Train to Nowhere, High-Speed Train Talk, High-Speed Rail – Peninsula Rail Engagement Project, Stop California’s Bullet Train to Bankruptcy, Stop High Speed Rail Fresno.
Four speakers during public comment at the February 14, 2013 California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors meeting tried to rebut the Associated Builders and Contractors of California opposition statement to the government-mandated Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the first construction segment of the California High-Speed Rail. They represented the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, individual unions, and a union-affiliated labor-management cooperation committee.
Here are links to the analyses they are attacking:
From the www.LaborIssuesSolutions.com web site:
From the www.CaliforniaHighSpeedRailScam.com web site:
From the www.UnionWatch.org web site:
Unions Await Fantastic Return on High-Speed Rail Political Investments – January 22, 2013
From the www.FlashReport.org web site:
California High-Speed Rail Authority Keeps Union Deal Out of Public Forums – February 10, 2013
Here are Tweets related to the comments at the meeting:
From Critics of the Project Labor Agreement
“Recent criticism” of Project Labor Agreement #CaHSR #HSR is “outlandish” California Alliance for Jobs says. Really? http://laborissuessolutions.com/analysis-of-the-phony-community-benefits-and-other-provisions-in-the-union-project-labor-agreement-for-the-first-segment-of-californias-high-speed-rail/ …
Retweeted by Kevin Dayton
California High-Speed Rail Authority chair Dan Richard says has Robbie Hunter/State Building Trades letter defend union Project Labor Agmt
Union Project Labor Agreement on California High-Speed Rail defended now at Authority meeting! #CaHSR #HSRhttp://stateofcalifornia.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=59 …
From Supporters of the Project Labor Agreement