HSR Creating Battles Between Union and Non-union Contractors Other Topics, posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm
Interesting article about the battle between union and non-union contractors and High Speed Rail. It's clear the HSR Authority wants to push work to the unions at the detriment to the taxpayers of the state. Hint: union contractors are more expensive.
Posted by Joseph E. Davis, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on Feb 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm
Fattening up the unions and then skimming contributions back is pretty much the entire reason that the financial and environmental disaster of HSR has been foisted upon the long suffering Californian citizen.
Posted by Norman, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm
We can run buses between SF-SJ-LA for 1/20 of the cost of HSR which will be a big scar on the state. Plus they'll be more convient, can be implemented right away and won't burden tax payers. Everyone should think about this.
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm
Last I looked, we had these contraptions called airplanes that fly from several Northern California airports to about a dozen different Southern California airports. They leave about every 10 minutes, cost about $100, take about an hour, are very efficient, and most importantly, require no taxpayer money. Compare any of those metrics to HSR.
So what a great idea it is for our government to spend $120 BILLION to replace that. They can't think of a better use of our taxpayer money?
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm
they can't think of a better reason because what Mr Davis said is true. It's all about paying back the unions for their "support." The unions have priced themselves out of any "real" competition so they need the politicians to rig the system for them That's what "prevailing wage" work is. It's based upon what the going UNION rate of pay PLUS BENEFITS is in a particular area. What that means is that we could be getting the work done for LESS. Should we be paying higher cost because the unions demand it? If it wasn't for "prevailing wage", unions would be toast. They don't provide anything worth what they cost.
Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm
We can only understand this high-speed rail project if we stop focusing on the trains and all the broken promises, lies, distortions, illegalities and the rest of the mismanagement.
What we should focus on is the money. This project is not about the trains; it's about the money.
California has been 'promised' $3.3 billion from the Federal Railroad Administration. They (Governor and Legislature) are working to collect those funds. What the rail authority actually does and doesn't build is irrelevant. (Except to us, the taxpayers, of course.)
The whole point is to push the free federal funds (and state bond funds) through the bureaucratic pipe lines. The funds lubricate state politics. The Unions aren't the only beneficiaries. There are zillions of contractors, their sub-contractors and their sub-contractors. Then, there are the lawyers, consultants, lobbyists, PR companies and all the rest. It's government political pork at its best.
This project has been and will continue to be a major black hole in the universe of the American and state economies.