L.A. Times, Sac Bee give ink to SBCTC President

July 17, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter’s byline has made the rounds the last couple of days. 

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times printed his letter that took on the paper for wanting to remove the prevailing wage from the state’s plans to increase affordable housing construction.  “Removing the prevailing wage mandate would force the families of plumbers, carpenters and other construction workers to compete in the underground economy where developers hire workers from street corners and pay no state or federal tax, no Social Security, no Medicare and of course no benefits. We cannot obtain affordable housing by driving millions more Californians into poverty,” Robbie wrote.

Read the whole letter here: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-affordable-housing-construction-20170717-story.html

Today, the Sacramento Bee included Robbie’s point of view in a roundup of perspectives on the state’s cap-and-trade bills.  “The two compromise bills hammered out under Gov. Jerry Brown . . . preserve tens of thousands of blue-collar, middle-class jobs that already are here, while ensuring that California will meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals,” Robbie said in the Bee piece.

Read the whole thing here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article161666538.html


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