I feel compelled to clarify some points in the editorial “Hire local? It’s complicated.”
As someone who represents more than 3,000 trade unionists, I am aware of the recession and its effect on construction projects and jobs. We were well aware of the opportunities from the Solid Waste Authority project. I reached out to all three companies that were listed to bid. Two of the companies, Covanta and Wheelabrator, were very receptive to utilization of our local trades. Steve Johnson, the representative of BE&K, a subsidiary of Haliburton, told me in Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana’s office that the company’s business model is to never use union labor.
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