Construction Unions Remain Big Boosters of California High-Speed Rail – My Article in

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I attended the May 28, 2013 field hearing in Madera, California of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing was on oversight of the California High-Speed Rail project.

As I expected, union representatives attended the hearing in their brightly-colored t-shirts, and letters from union officials comprised the bulk of 120 pages of support letters for California High-Speed Rail, as submitted by Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno/Merced) for the hearing record. I write about this in my June 4, 2013 article in entitled Unions Defend California High-Speed Rail Project at Congressional Hearing.

The Project Labor Agreement for the California High-Speed Rail first segment was never mentioned during the hearing, but Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of California submitted a written statement “critical of High Speed Rail Authority for shutting out California workers.”

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