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  •  The construction unions (7+ / 0-)

    are the ones who parade the rat, and jobs going overseas does not affect them so much. They are doing a little better than unions at industrial facilities, but are still only a shadow of their former selves.

    Corporate America, in the 1970s, decided to give out no-bid construction work to non-union contracors to break the construction unions, even if the companies had to put up with poorly done, expensive work for awhile.

    At one point in the Reagan recession of the 1980s, the construction unions went to Exxon and offered to work on a construction big job for minimum wage, in an effort to win Exxon's business back.  Exxon refused.

    President Ford reneged on a promise, and vetoed labor law reform in the 1970s, that would have helped out the construction unions.   Destruction of the various state prevailing wages also put construction wages into competition, and those wages raced to the bottom.

    Skilled workers can't compete at those wages.  Non union construction employers also recruit in Latin America for the most desperate workers, and mis-use the H2 Visa program to import captive workers from South Asia and elsewhere.

    Obama has helped the construction unions hugely, with the stimulus spending for new construction, especially for the big solar plants and approving the Vogtle Georgia Nuke power plant.  The windmill tax benefits helped a lot too.

    But the stimulus has run out and things are getting damn tough again.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:11:42 PM PST

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