Should the Hurricane Sandy crisis be used to benefit the state’s Big Labor union bosses? That’s exactly what will happen unless Gov. Christie breaks out his veto pen!
CLICK HERE to listen to the Taxpayer Minute spot on the Union PLA bill!
Not Letting The Hurricane Sandy Crisis Go To Waste
Late last year while people were busy getting ready to enjoy the holidays, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-03), a representative of the International Association of Ironworkers, surreptitiously introduced a bill (S2425) that would result in Sandy relief aid dollars being exploited by his Big Labor buddies. The bill would expand the reach of project labor agreements, or PLAs, to projects “such as highways, bridges, pumping stations, and water and sewage treatment plants”—exactly the kinds of work that will be undertaken as part of the Sandy reconstruction effort.
PLAs are known to drive up the costs of construction projects by as much as 18% according to the Beacon Hill Institute, meaning if this outrageous bill ever passed Hurricane Sandy reconstruction costs would be severely inflated – at the expense of not only New Jersey taxpayers, but taxpayers all across the country who are paying for this $60B aid package.
This bill is now heading to Gov. Christie’s desk. Call the governor’s office at 609-292-6000 and urge him to veto this bill!
Visit AFP’s Liberty Library and read the report, New Jersey’s Long Road Ahead: Taxpayers vs. Politicians and Unions, to learn more about the impact of PLAs and how government worker unions are hurting New Jersey.