This is an update to a previous post 'The Liberal's Choice - Hypocrisy At It's Finest'.
Here is a link to that post:
Last week, the DNC chose Charlotte, NC for it's convention. Charlotte is a mostly non-union city and was chosen over St. Louis, a mostly unionized city. In the last post all indications were that the DNC chose non-union labor over union labor for their Convention.
However, the details in the contract that the DNC has with Charlotte are now coming out and it is even worse than what the prior indications were.
The contract states:
17.1. Use of union labor. To the extent permitted by law, to the extent, if any, such labor is available in the region, and except as otherwise expressly agreed by the DNCC, all services, goods, equipment, supplies and materials to be provided or procured by the Host Committee hereunder shall be performed or supplied by firms covered by current union collective bargaining agreements with the unions which have jurisdiction for the work or services to be performed.
17.2. Labor agreement. The Host Committee agrees that it will, within sixty (60) days of the date of this Agreement, conclude and execute with unions of potential jurisdiction in the Charlotte metropolitan area, an agreement obligating the Host Committee to utilize firms employing or contracting with members of those unions to the maximum extent feasible and obligating the unions to refrain from supporting, participating in or sanctioning any strike, sympathy strike, walkout, work stoppage or other labor action that would interfere with or delay work necessary to put on the Convention, or engage in handbilling or picketing (including, but not limited to, informational picketing) at the Convention Facilities.
Bottom line: Unions from 'outside' of the Charlotte metro area can come in to provide the labor for the convention. Basically, stealing the jobs from people who have lived and worked in the Charlotte area for years, if the non-union people from Charlotte don't 'voluntarily' (ie: FORCED to) sign up to be in the union.
RS Redstate reports:
Additionally, the DNCC wants the Host Committee to sign (within sixty days) what appears to be “labor peace agreements” with unions that have “potential jurisdiction” in the Charlotte Metro area. This may mean that the Host Committee has taken it upon itself to invite unions and/or unionized companies in from out of state to agree sign union contracts. That way the unions can use unionized companies as “hiring halls” for the unions recruit from the local Charlotte area.
If that’s the case, there may be a bunch of “union” companies moving into Charlotte from elsewhere around the country to lease space and open up offices to process people and dues through. This way, those sham “union companies” can hire locally—so long as the locals don’t mind signing up with a union and paying the dues and fees for the short time they get to have the work. The unions get their money, the locals get some work and everybody’s happy.
Skilled vs. Un-Skilled Work
Now, realistically, unless there is an overabundance of unemployed union skilled tradesmen in Charlotte (or the state for that matter), it is not likely that the traditional convention trade-type work would be filled with local labor unless the trade unions are willing to waive their apprenticeship requirements and push a lot of new recruits through before 2012. More likely, the traditional trade work would come from out-of-state labor, if that’s the direction the unions instruct the DNCC to go.
However, for the non-skilled work (janitorial services, vending services, shuttle bus drivers, etc.), national companies could easily move into Charlotte, lease space, open offices and and recruit locals for union work. In that sense, it’s a match made in…Chicago.
The Convention Arena License Agreement as similar language as the first paragraph in the Master Agreement in that unions T-Shirt, hats and other assorted goods and services go to union vendors first:
7. UNION LABOR
7.1. Use of Union Labor. To the extent permitted by law, to the extent, if any, such labor is available in the region, and except as otherwise expressly agreed by the DNCC, all services, goods, equipment, supplies and materials to be provided or procured by the Host Committee hereunder shall be performed or supplied by firms covered by current union collective bargaining agreements with the unions which have jurisdiction for the work or services to be performed.
In weeks to come more contract details will be coming out.
Well, the DNC stood by their unions, good for them. And in the process a Political arm of the country screwed other Americans! Now, isn't that just like liberals, control control control! My way or the highway!
Another freedom lost through liberalism, the freedom of choice!