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Carol Shea-Porter
Carol Shea-Porter
In just a year and a half as the representative for New Hampshire's first district, Republican Rep. Frank Guinta has racked up some serious accolades. Not only did Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) name him one of the most corrupt members of Congress, but the anti-union construction lobby group the Associated Builders and Contractors named him 2011 legislator of the year. Why is that? Because Guinta pushed an anti-union amendment, of course.

During his 2010 campaign, Guinta pulled in nearly $55,000 in contributions from the construction industry, and one of the first things he did in office was offer an appropriations bill amendment to ban Project Labor Agreements on federal projects, claiming that "PLA mandates and PLA preferences are designed to discourage competition from qualified contractors." But the only "qualified contractors" PLA's discourage competition from are those who are so anti-union they aren't even willing to enter into a short-term collective bargaining agreement for a single big job. That's what Project Labor Agreements are. They don't require that union contractors be used; rather, they establish uniform pay, working hours and conditions, and more across all contractors and trades on large, complicated construction projects, increasing efficiency, eliminating labor disputes, and sometimes adding other priorities such as hiring local workers or workers from disadvantaged populations.

Guinta's predecessor, 2012 Orange to Blue candidate Carol Shea-Porter, took a different view:

She advocated along with Congressman Hodes and Senator Shaheen for a Project Labor Agreement on the Manchester Jobs Corp building. The Manchester Job Corps building would have been the first project in over a decade to have a mandated PLA from the US Government. This is the same Job Corps building that the ABC helped to delay to avoid using Project Labor Agreements. Now the Job Corps Center in NH is once again underway but this time Congressman Guinta got his way. The project moves forward without a PLA.
It's not hard to see the contrast here. For his backing of anti-union legislation, Frank Guinta is beloved by the same construction lobby group that endorsed Mitt Romney. Like President Obama, Carol Shea-Porter supported Project Labor Agreements, and with them, good jobs in New Hampshire.

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  •  It seems like congresspeople can be... (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, Larsstephens

    openly corrupt and dishonest - but unless they get arrested (or caught with an indiscreet picture) they get re-elected.

    The media needs to do a much better job of truly informing people.

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Candide08 on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 03:27:03 PM PDT

  •  As soon as I saw your headline (1+ / 0-)
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    I knew it had to be AB&C.  IIRC, their slogan is something like "Ensuring shoddy workmanship and late completion Every Time!"

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 04:00:15 PM PDT

    •  Not sure I would put it that way (1+ / 0-)
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      I knew it had to be AB&C.  IIRC, their slogan is something like "Ensuring shoddy workmanship and late completion Every Time!"
      I don't think their workers necessarily do shoddy work.  But those companies are known for things like misclassifying employees to pay them lower wages, or making  them work off the clock, things like that.  It's much easier for them to skirt the labor laws when "the guys" have no union to represent them. And when one company starts doing it, it puts pressure on the good ones to sink to that level. (That's really the way the "Free Market" works)

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 04:47:33 PM PDT

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      •  Well, it is fair to say (1+ / 0-)
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        that these are contractors who are opposed to the apprenticeship process that is so important in ensuring that union construction workers are well-trained and knowledgeable. So it is not the fault of the workers, but they haven't necessarily been through a thorough training process.

        One thing I didn't mention that is discussed in one of the posts I linked here is that ABC represents 1) just a very small percentage of contractors nationwide and 2) a lot of non-construction businesses like banks, florists, and restaurants. So basically it's much more an anti-union business lobby than it is a true construction lobby.

        •  lobby (0+ / 0-)
          2) a lot of non-construction businesses like banks, florists, and restaurants. So basically it's much more an anti-union business lobby than it is a true construction lobby.
          Yes, it seems it's more about the owners of  a project more than the company who actually builds a project.

          Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

          by Dirtandiron on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:27:19 AM PDT

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        •  I didn't mean to defend the ABC I literally (0+ / 0-)

          hate them! I just don't like generalizing about people's skill, even if they are non-union.

          Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

          by Dirtandiron on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:15:12 AM PDT

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