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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Project Labor Agreements in San Francisco and the Region.

Project Labor Agreements were created to benefit the Union Workers and not some corrupt folks with a hidden agenda.

That is exactly what is happening in San Francisco - Project Labor Agreement (PLA) are becoming a hurdle and far from reaching out to those negotiating the agreement/agreements - serving the workers, they put major hurdles in the way.

For a long time; the Labor Unions fought hard for its members. I belonged to a Union until I retired.

However, since I worked hard for the Unions and helped many Union Workers and still do with paper work - I continued to have access to many Unions and their leadership.

The Project Labor Agreements allow the Union Leaders to be at a table - long before the major projects are started - many costing billions of dollars start work.

This heads up should have helped the Labor Union but far from it - it has given them a nonchalant attitude - to wait for the last minute - to get money to line the pocket of the corrupt and shaft the Union Workers - more those that have spent ten, fifteen, twenty year working hard for the Unions.

We have empirical data and that is why the Union have failed - they let down the leaders who shed their blood and stood for what is right. We must always remember our good Union Leaders and remember more Bloody Thursday and the struggle of the Longshoremen and its history with the authorities.

There have been many Project Labor Agreements linked with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on the Water System Improvement Project (WSIP) costing San Franciscans $2.4 billion and another $2 billion region wide. $4.4 plus billion with little benefit to the workers in general and sound benefits to San Francisco Union workers in particular and Regional Union workers - in general.

There is a lot of talk but all that is hogwash.

This PLA did not work and up until today - people wonder why and the reason is simple. Very poor leadership from the Unions - who pretend they know it all and fail to deliver.

Management introduces language - devious in nature and convoluted that baffles the ignorant at the table. Once you sign such language you are at the mercy of the vultures.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority just concluded their Project Labor Agreement - over $6 billion - plus.

Bragging some 28 Union met and fast tracked the Project Labor Agreement,  petting their asses, and saying to themselves what a great job they have done.

The Carpenters' Union and some others are always there - pandering to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

You really cannot expect these folks to deliver because fundamentally - they do not understand the "base line" dynamics of the workforce.

There is no long range planning, no short and long term goals, no sound objective that can be measured,  they speak in generalities and think they can fool everyone - morons that they are - using strong arm tactics and convoluted ways to negotiate and succeeded with those that do not fully comprehend what they are signing.

Such is the pathetic plight of our Unions - it does not matter who is in charge - I have witnessed the sordid behavior and the Unions must be ashamed of themselves.

Thousands of journey men carpenters have not worked in years.

Among them Black carpenters -all belonging to the Carpenters Union and all of them paying dues - have not been called by the dispatch. No one gives a rat ass about this situation.

It is the same for the other Unions. The Union Leaders have "liquid money" - I leave it to your imagination how they acquire this - to expand on nefarious activities mostly with financing corrupt politicians and making contribution to political campaigns.

You see these vultures who pander and embrace their own hidden agenda - book tables of ten  - paying $500 or $1000 a seat and getting access to projects - after hogging at some breakfast, some luncheon, some dinner where such blood money is collected - mostly Union Dues from workers who have no clue - where their money is going.

I defy the Union Leaders and those that represent the Trade Council to say that they do not engage in such activities.

These scum bags serve an elite few and use Union Dues to foster greed and bring shame to the entire Union system. But, what is more the Union of yester years that laid the foundation, good jobs, safety, over time, health benefits, proper working conditions, and list goes on and on.

Many Union members know little about Bloody Thursday. Others have no history of the Union Movement. And all this is because in recent years - we have NOT had decent, sincere, accountable Union Leaders. These leaders do not know their history - and less do not care about transparency and accountability.

The SF Project Labor Agreements are a JOKE and have come to haunt the agencies that agreed on paper to do some good - but, have engaged in nefarious activities.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority meetings are a farce of the highest order. Recently, one can detect the bickering among the Board Members. One of two including the Chair wants to shove some nonsense down the throats of the sane. 

The only sane person is Ed Reiskin; who asks the right questions - and when it does this - perks the ire of Maria Ayardi Kaplan - who is a Willie L. Brown Jr. side kick and has been for years.

The present Chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority is Jane Kim - an American Korean who worked in China Town, has no root in District Six, planted herself there - was backed by Willie L. Brown Jr. to win the District Six Supervisor's seat - and now warms the Chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority - she is corrupt in the sense she takes her orders from the corrupt. Time will tell.

The thirteen members of so who formed the operational team of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority - now want to join CALPERS - they want to safeguard their benefits and meet the basic tenure of five years. Good luck.

Billions will be spent on the Transbay Facility a State of the Art building - and they do have some good people, working for the project - one of them Robert Beck - who I will be sending this article to. He can then distribute it to the other minions - who take their orders from very corrupt people.

High hopes in getting billions of dollars for the High Speed Train. The four or so platforms can be built - and Willie L. Brown Jr. can then rent them out for exotic entertainment of sorts.

The Republicans are dead set to teach Nancy Pelosi and her gang of thieves a lesson. Those in the know, know about this, and I reported and made statements about this madness - a long time ago.

The present Dire Economic System does not favor a project that has not been vetted - period.

Now, I understand there are people who can fast track a PLA with 28 drab Union leaders - following orders from corrupt politicians to make something work. 

In this case the Department of Labor will be involved and so with the Nation's Attorney General - all will be provided the empirical data - and may President Barack Hussein Obama not add this debacle to losing his Presidential run for the White House.

However, where is the money going to come from?

And it would be prudent to evaluate and think deep before promising too much to the Unions - who are greedy and have lost their power to think - less discern and still less evaluate.

Half of them are not educated less educated on complicated issues.

Manny Flores - from the Carpenters' Union is one of them. He himself cannot represent and then he will have some ignorant folks stand behind him - to make some type of impression - such Mafia tactics - do not work in today's world.

I know Michael Brown and before he retires he better bring this to the attention of the Carpenters' Union and the few decent ones - left.

I will be sending this article to him directly for his evaluation and immediate - action.

Project Labor Agreements have now been clouded with Local Hire Mandates that defy Federal Regulations.

Region wide we must provide jobs to the Journeymen and women who have worked for years - and today cannot provide for their families - because dispatch has not done right by the Union members who need the job, are decent, and continue to pay their dues. 

Drab entities like CityBuild and other so called workforce training centers - that provide some basic training for ten and twelve weeks - do a disservice to the community they serve and hinder progress in the job market with inferior work.

We have noted this from the inception of CityBuild and the sooner the authorities get rid of Rhonda Simmons the better. Time will tell.

Truly speaking no incentives have been given to Local Business Enterprises.

One can get the certification and one can even get a project - but, if the entity cannot meet payroll, pay for the insurance, the bonding and so on - all costing thousand of dollars - the LBEs are left to die on the vine.

Large businesses make huge contributions to consultants such as Platininum and they get contacts on a platter. This fact has been reported but no one worth the salt - wants to tackle this problems.

Involved with this mess SF Public Utilities Commission, the SF Airport Authority, the SF Port Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, other dubious local agencies that are corrupt.

The SF City Administrator, the SF City Contracting Office, before not now the SF City Attorney all worked together to foster corruption.

Corruption of the worst order. A simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) action - can reveal a lot and then with a little experience you can connect the dots.

The recent move to have Shop Trade Classes teaching youth in the San Francisco Unified School District is long over due.

 However, no detail explanation less understanding has been detailed as an introduction to the curricula. It is the blind leading the blind.

Much like the apprenticeship programs - there is no connection what so ever between the training and the employer. Resulting in most trained youth falling by the way side and becoming disgruntled.

We all know the ideal situation behooves creating "career jobs" - no one cares to address this situation.

Maria Ayerdi Kaplan knows about this but now that she makes a six figure salary complete with perks and benefits.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority does not care about accountability; accept to project that the project is going some where when it is really stuck - stuck in much and no movement at all on the level that matter - doldrums.

It was fun to watch Nancy Pelosi and the other political figures promise this and that - but all that and more was shot down by the Super Committee, recently.

I met some of the member of this team when I visited Washington DC - very interesting their take on the corrupt leaders of the Democratic Party stationed in
San Francisco and those representing San Francisco and the Bay Area in Washington DC.

San Francisco has always looked towards the Pork Barrel Projects to come to its rescue - it did it for years when Willie L. Brown Jr. was Speaker of the House - until they removed the rascal by mandating term limits - on the State Level.

Poor Nancy Pelosi was dethroned and has not recovered since - now, she is a a lost.

Anything she has touched is immersed in the cesspool of destruction. That includes the High Speed Rail that will cost billions and no one has that type of money - now. Pork Barrel projects on the National level tainted with corruption.

We could sell the project to the Chinese as a private enterprise and win hands down.

Perhaps Willie L. Brown Jr. could transfer his assets from the Casinos in Macau - and create a fund that can be build upon?

 Such creative ways must be thought of - rather than wait at the last moment - and ponder, wonder, and fade away.

As to our Labor Project Agreement - most of them - fall by the way side.

There has not been one success story in recent years. That holds true for the Trade Council who talks the talk but cannot walk the walk.