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  • Common Wage: Bait and Switch Hoosier Style
    Posted On: Oct 04, 2015

                   Common Wage: Bait and Switch Hoosier Style                                                           joe Brennan

                "Trust us, we are for the workers", really?? Indiana construction workers don't have to worry about our surprise "right to work bill", we will make exceptions. Carpenters, electricians, masons, need not be troubled by rtw, you can take our word for it. We will even help to rid you of those "outdated regulations" like the Common Construction Wage Age. We want to go back to the pre-Roosevelt years - Teddy's that is, (can you believe he was actually a Republican?). Back to the day's when the free market ruled over industry without useless government regulation.

                We are all for saving the taxpayers' money. Why pay a trained craftsman a good salary when we can get someone off the street to do the same work for almost nothing? In the elections we promised the voters: smaller government, no tax increases, and more efficient government. We reduced the number of public school teachers, public service personnel, allowed for "industrial growth" through low salaried industries crossing our borders, eliminated public service unions and collective bargaining, and now isn't it time to initiate the Common Wage?.

                That sounds good doesn't it. Like "right to work", Common Wage gives the impression that the consumer will benefit. Our public constructions costs will be lowered, we can build more for less, more schools, more hospitals, more roads. Only time will tell how long these cheaply made construction projects will remain standing. Hopefully, by that time we will be retired and living in Florida. We promised to exempt some state construction jobs from "right to work", we didn't promise that the jobs saved would not be quickly given over to unskilled labor and out of state construction companies, attracted by our new "right to work" cheap labor laws. Sweet heart contracts will now prevail over prevailing wages for workers. Our legislators and our Governor had to act swiftly before the voters were aware of our bait and switch. After all, there are  plans to do the same thing in Kentucky. 


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