[Marxism] Construction workers prepare to battle former ally Trump

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sat Aug 17 16:04:08 MDT 2019


What the article doesn't mention here, but what is the real heart of the
issue is the fact that many government funded construction projects require
that the contracts employ apprentices from a government-recognized
apprentice program. Unlike almost any other major industry, construction is
not dominated by a few major companies. This makes it impossible for the
contractors, themselves, to unite to create such programs. It's the
building trades unions that bring them together around this.

In a way, it's similar to the issue of the Davis Bacon Act, which requires
that on federally funded construction projects the contractors must pay the
"prevailing wage" of the area. That wage is defined as whatever pay a
certain percentage of the contractors (I think it's around 30%) pay. Again,
the non-union are all over the place in what they pay, so the only
"prevailing wage" is the union scale.

In both cases, the union leadership relies on the protection of the
government. Of course, it is absolutely disgusting that they would be so
willing to abandon all principle of working class solidarity. Well, that's
not exactly correct; they cannot abandon that which they never had in the
first place.

John Reimann

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