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FOX 11 Los Angeles investigative producer Heidi Cuda has been following California's $68 billion dollar bullet train project, as delays and lawsuits threaten the project.
Now the latest question looms: Do unions have an unfair advantage when it comes to scoring all those construction jobs?
It's a heady time to be a top construction union official in California, as the California High-Speed Rail Authority presumably now holds proposals from as many as five design-build consortiums to build the first segment of the $68 billion project.
If this project moves forward, it will become part of the pantheon of huge American infrastructure projects that unions cite when they brag about the lasting accomplishments of union labor. And unions can also claim an essential role in the politics behind its advancement.
Even before Californians had a chance to vote directly on funding for High-Speed Rail, union-affiliated labor-management cooperation committees made massive campaign contributions to stop statewide ballot initiatives in the mid-2000s that would have given property owners stronger rights against the government's power of eminent domain, as a result complicating the High-Speed Rail Authority's land acquisition plans.
Click here to listen to Nicole Goehring's recent interview on the KMJ Chris Daniel Show featuring the assault by union member John Hutson towards Eric Christen. 15:50-22:00.
Part 2: Union Boss John Hutson secretary/treasurer of Fresno/Madera/Kings/Tulare Building Trades Council verbally attacking CFEC's Eric Christen at a California High Speed Rail debate which took place at the 6th Annual Central Valley High Speed Rail Conference in Fresno.
Part 1: Union boss John Hutson secretary/treasurer of Fresno/Madera/Kings/Tulare Building Trades Council verbally attacking CFEC's Eric Christen at a California High Speed Rail debate which took place at the 6th Annual Central Valley High Speed Rail Conference in Fresno.
See how CFEC protects contractor work and taxpayer money through the School Bond Accountability Project to strive to guarantee that school bond projects that go before voters contain fair and open competition language.