should private non-unionized companies be allowed to compete for public contracts such as building roads or airports?

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  • Andy F
    Lv 7
    5 years ago
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    Obviously this is a political question, and different people will bring different values and ideas to it.

    I think non-union labor on publicly financed projects should be banned. Using non-union labor does save money for the taxpayers -- in the short run. But over time, it drives down the average wages of construction workers -- not just in the public sector, but everywhere in the economy.

    If construction workers get low wages rather than decent wages, we will shrink the size of the American class, if you want to call working people members of the "middle class" instead of the "working class."

    A smaller middle class and/or well-paid working class means more poverty in society and lower "effective" consumer demand in our capitalist economy. That's actually bad even for many capitalist business owners, in the long run, because you can't make profits from manufacturing goods & providing services when not enough customers can afford to buy them.

    To preserve the so-called "middle class," reduce inequality in our society and maintain a more prosperous economy, I think state, local and federal governments in the US should encourage union labor, even when the short-term costs to the taxpayer are greater. In the long run, I think higher wages for construction workers will pay off for our whole country.

    -- democratic socialist for bernie sanders

  • Colton
    Lv 5
    5 years ago

    They already are allowed, under Prevailing Wage Acts, where "open shop" companies are allowed to do work on partially federal funded projects as long as they pay the workers the same as the wages in the nearest geographically located union.

  • 5 years ago

    Yes

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Why would you want legalized discrimination against company owners and employees that do not wish to deal with or join a union?

    What is the legitimate governmental interest in promoting unionism?

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Of course. What do unions have to do with who should build our infrastructure? Anyone using illegals should have the contract terminated and face very heavy fines.

  • 5 years ago

    All public contracts should be competitively bid. It's your money, why would you want to over pay?

    Paying more does not guarantee a better product, It just guarantees a higher profit.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    they are, I have worked in many such situations

    for jobs with federal funds the employees just need to be paid within the prevailing wage rate for that position

  • 5 years ago

    Of course they should.

    And if our liberal friends wish to contribute their personal funds to pay the workers of those companies more money when working on public projects...why, they should FEEL free to do so.

  • 5 years ago

    As long as they pay prevailing wage. Of which is union scale

  • Matt
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Yes, as long as they pay their workers a prevailing labor wage.

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