They claim Rite Aid’s contractors ignore “area standards”.? Union “area standards” are inflated wages for politically connected union companies, union run pension plans that are often mismanaged and insolvent, and inefficient work rules.? For example, in most non-union jobs, an electrician or plumber can break up and patch a sidewalk to run a wire or a pipe underneath. ?? However, a union electrician or plumber following “area standards”, must wait for a union laborer to break up the sidewalk, and then have a union mason patch it.?? Because of this few private businesses, even casinos, can afford to pay union “area standards” contractors.?? That is why almost all “area standards” union construction jobs are government projects paid for with taxes and borrowed money.?? This also explains why it costs so much more to build roads and bridges in New Jersey than anywhere else, and why NJ politicians say we need another hike in the gasoline tax to bail out the insolvent NJ Transportation Trust Fund Authority.
These AFL-CIO union leaders are also hypocrites when they complain about competition from low-wage, non-union companies.? For years, these same union leaders supported Obama and Clinton Democrats who refuse to enforce immigration laws, and give us the massive, uncontrolled legal and illegal immigration that lowers wages and kills jobs.? Retired Immigration and Naturalization Service Senior Inspector Michael Cutler explained this to us in great detail at our fundraiser in Ventnor today.?? Seth Grossman, Executive Director