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High-Speed Rail: Do Unions Have Unfair Jobs Advantage?

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FOX 11 investigative producer Heidi Cuda has been following California's $68 billion dollar bullet train project, as delays and lawsuits threaten the project.

Now the latest question looms: Do unions have an unfair advantage when it comes to scoring all those construction jobs?

Critics charge that the project labor agreement makes it tough for non-union contractors and workers to compete for those jobs.

"We're seeing back room deals being cut, we're seeing taxpayers and what's good for California be put on the back burner," says Eric Christen, the executive director for Fair Employment in Construction.

"Even though 87 percent of the construction force is non-union, special deals are being cut for big labor interests and its fiscal insanity because non-union contractors can't compete."

Christen says he's been criss-crossing the state to raise awareness over what he calls unfair labor practices.

"This is not a Republican issue, this is not a Democrat issue," he says. "It's a common sense issue and it's not fair that the people I represent are being discriminated against."

 

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