Bill Whelan and his Democrats on the Freeholder board walked lock-step, voting in favor of denying employment to anybody that does not belong to a union. The Republican majority changed a long-standing rule that demanded that all county work be performed by union shops – denying hard-working residents of Cumberland County job opportunities. Bill Whelan spoke out against allowing non-union people to work, and voted in favor of the unions that contribute heavily to the Dem’s campaign funds.
Any non-union contractors that become involved in the Vine Street School project will no longer be required to hire a majority of union workers.
The county freeholders on Tuesday by a 4-2 vote rescinded a project labor agreement (PLA), originally approved in January 2010, for the effort to transform the former school into a new home for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
In my opinion, they did not go far enough. Tax Payers will still have to bear the burden of excessively high “prevailing wages” – wages that are many times more than the average wage in the distressed county. However, people that object to unions stealing their money in the form of membership dues while doing very little else to protct their jobs will, for now, have an opportunity to earn an income – much to the dismay of county Democrats.
At least non-union shops are now able to bid competitively, as they will not have to pay employees obscene wages to stand around. It is well established that non union workers work harder and more diligently than their union counterparts, as keeping their job depends upon their performance. Harder working employees mean lower costs in the long run.
Unions at one time served a purpose. We now have a multitude of government agencies and regulations, put into effect due to the diligence of unions, that seek the best interest of workers. The only purpose of unions today is to enrich union heads, fill their coffers so that they can live a lifestyle of profligate wealth that union workers can only dream of. This is done on the backs of union workers – greatly reducing their take-home pay. And the union employees can take heart in the fact that their money is supporting political candidates, whether they want to or not.