One of the more startling revelations at the forum came in testimony from Stephen Worth, President & CEO of Worth and Company, a merit shop mechanical contractor out of Pipersville, Pennsylvania, currently employing more than 400 people.
Amid testimony of union harassment and exclusion from contracting bids was a startling revelation of union methods to monopolize “green jobs” through illegitimate and discriminatory regulatory definition.
“‘Green jobs’ is a phrase being used to describe work that is environmentally friendly, both inside and outside the construction industry,” Worth told the forum. “However, there is no agreed-upon definition. Currently, organized labor is attempting to define ‘green jobs’ as positions held by workers that receive special green training through union-only apprenticeship programs.”
Given that narrow definition, literally all government contracts would go to unionized construction companies merely by categorizing the work as a “green job.” But it is likely it will not stop there. Given the aims of this administration, EPA regulation could apply that definition to permitting for any construction project.
“Organized and certain special interest groups claim that only union apprenticeship programs can properly train workers to build green projects,” Worth said. “However, these claims are nothing more than an effort to monopolize the construction workforce on green building and other construction projects. Most green building techniques involve simple architectural changes or the use of environmentally-friendly building materials, which requires workers to learn skills that can be taught through both union and nonunion training programs.”
It appears that whenever you look under the hood of this administrations proposed policies, another forced union scheme stares back.