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  • skeptical_misanthrope

    Andy, just curious, which union penned this misinformed opus for you? Can you cite any empirical evidence that workers subject to PLAs “are better trained and more efficient?” Furthermore, as a “classroom teacher” I would expect you to be more familiar with California law that mandates prevailing wage payments on ALL public works construction AND the use of apprentices. Finally, your statement that PLAs “do NOT mandate union workers or union involvement in the contracted work” is fallacious inasmuch as PLAs REQUIRE that all workers are dispatched by the union, the union is the exclusive bargaining agent for all workers and all employees must join the union or pay union dues (or fair share fees). If you really aspire to be a member of Congress I really hope you will do a little more research before you affix your name to a one-sided document like this.

    • David Zenger

      Thanks for that. You beat me to the punch.

      We’ve had prevailing wage requirements in California for ages. PLAs trump existing labor agreements and only serve to jack up public works construction even more.

      Mr. Thornburg is obviously telegraphing his friendliness to the hardhat unions, not to the rest of us.

      As you imply, the idea of getting better trained workers under a PLA is unadulterated BS. Of course the workers will come out of exactly the same union halls as they already do.

      • skeptical_misanthrope

        Yeah I was tempted to call him a mindless sycophant but it would have violated on of my 2018 resolutions.

  • Anarchy Softworks

    here is my solution to the wage gap: slack off extremely hard at work. when i actually have to write code i make sure it takes me an insane amount of time and i purposely write it poorly and never test it. being a debt slave born into a time with stagnated wages is hopeless, you won’t get ahead by working hard for people actively exploiting you.

    • David Zenger

      Interesting theory. When I worked in aerospace years and years ago, we had an old geezer whom we suspected of entering nonsense data in the morning so he could fix it in the afternoon.

      • Anarchy Softworks

        yeah, basically what i do. bad code now is code to fix later. sucks that this society is so hopelessly broken, i could do amazing things with software if i didn’t wake up a debt slave every day.