The Corrupt Prevailing Wage Ordinance 7/30/13
July 30, 2013
The U-T is too diplomatic in advising a No vote by the City Council on the Prevailing Wage ordinance (U-T 7/30/13).
The sole reason for adopting a Prevailing Wage criterion on city projects is so labor unions will direct their considerable campaign contributions to the Mayor and councilmembers who vote for the Prevailing Wage. This in essence is the highest union wage in the city. There is no other reason. Every other argument is eyewash. If San Diego was in a foreign country this would be illegal under the “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” (15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1, et seq.). Unions give campaign donations to councilmembers and councilmembers give taxpayers’ money to unions, via union workers. That’s it, period, end of story.