Slow Learner vs. 'Never Learner' in Bay State?
In Traditional Big Labor Stronghold, Union-Only PLA's Under Fire
(Source: July 2010 NRTWC Newsletter)
If you want to make a Massachusetts taxpayer shudder, just say the words "Big Dig."
Onetime "Big Dig" enthusiast Charlie Baker is touting his opposition to union-only PLA boondoggles as he campaigns for the Massachusetts governorship this year. Bay State voters may conclude: "Better late than never!" Credit: John Tlumacki/Boston Globe
For years now, the "Big Dig," officially referred to as the Central/Artery Tunnel Project, has been widely recognized as a poorly constructed, extraordinarily expensive boondoggle.
The "Big Dig" tunnel system was conceived in the 1970's to replace Boston's aging elevated six-lane Central Artery and improve access to Logan Airport and Boston Harbor. In 1987, Congress voted to furnish federal taxpayer funds, and ground was first broken in 1991.
To the dismay of independent construction employees and firms and Right to Work advocates, Massachusetts politicians announced that the "Big Dig" would be subject to a union-only "project labor agreement" (PLA).
Construction firm owners who wished to bid on the project, whether unionized or union-free,