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What Does That have To Do With It?

The mayor’s defense, published in today’s Coast Star, of the requirement that contractors participate in a union apprenticeship program or pay “journeyman’s” wages, which are higher than the required “prevailing” wages:

The language modification came about, according to Mayor Doherty, after a contractor turned in payroll records that did not match those kept by the borough.

Without the language, contractors would effectively be able to bid at lower rates, promise to pay the prevailing wage and then not follow through, in order to maximize profits.

Who is he fooling?  One thing has nothing to do with the other.  Doing that, if it really happened, is fraud and is already illegal. The clause everyone is objecting to has nothing to do with it.

We need to get rid of this rule and just get the job done at the lowest expense possible under state law.  If anyone in Belmar thinks the LIUNA should get more support for their apprenticeship and training program they can make a private donation to it.  And if they think the workers aren’t being paid enough, nobody is going to stop them from going down to the construction site and giving the guys some cash out of their own pocket.

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  1. VITO CORLEONE wrote:

    Remember what “My Cousin Vinny” said.. Whatever that guy said is “BULLSH..”

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

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