Casey Cagle Does Union Bidding Against Non-Union Companies

March 6, 2013 13:57 pm

by Erick · 18 comments

This is fascinating and I suspect some enterprising reporter could find an interesting scoop looking at the financial disclosures that’ll come out in June.

Ed Lindsey proposed legislation that passed the House about unions. The legislation would prevent Georgia cities and counties from favoring union businesses.

Georgia is one of the few states that is seeing increased union membership going against a national trend. Needless to say, it also works against the GOP.

Cities and counties in several metropolitan areas in Georgia, particularly Atlanta and DeKalb County, have shown increasing boldness in giving city business to unionized companies when those companies are competing against non-union companies.

Ed Lindsey’s legislation would have blocked the cities and counties from doing that.

It passed the House.

Casey Cagle today referred it to the Senate Urban Affairs Committee Chaired by a Democrat. This ensures the legislation will die.

Makes you wonder who Cagle is talking to in his run up to seeking higher office.

Also, it would seem the Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB both would not like this move. Given their ability to influence members of the Senate it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Assuming the Chamber, in particular, cares. Given the increasing unionization in Georgia, they’d be crazy not to care and to sit on the sidelines.

DeKalb Wonkette March 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

There is a second story that runs in a concentric ring with this one on unions that would also be a “scoop” for an enterprising reporter: The extent to which licensing boards act as unions in Georgia.

Daddy Got A Gun March 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Cagle is on a roll pissing off traditional Republican constituencies today.

He took a nice swipe at hunters today by refusing bring SB93 out of Rules for a floor vote where is surely would pass. SB93 authorizes the use of suppressors on hunting firearms which will protect the hearing of young and old hunters.

Bob Loblaw March 7, 2013 at 9:18 am

Save the drama, people.

So Cagle put 362 in Urban Affairs? 361 will get a vote. The House will add 362 to 361 in conference and the Senate will approve. Bone thrown, no mess.

SB 93 is another “gun bill” you can expect attached to ANY gun bill that comes over from the House today. The Senate already has had a “gun” day, will be likely to have another and on that one, someone will enable silencers go go onto weapons. Or you could buy quality ear protection for 1/1000th of the cost.

The drama! Better than reality.

NorthGAGOP March 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

The unions must have found somebody to help the Lt. Governor tie his shoes.

View from Brookhaven March 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm

“Georgia is one of the few states that is seeing increased union membership going against a national trend. Needless to say, it also works against the GOP.”

Oh, the horror.

I don’t keep up with union participation stats, so someone provide some figures and/or context please.

Stefan March 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

“According to the BLS, 171,000 Georgia Peaches were union members in 2012, compared to 153,000 in 2011. That represents 4.4% of all workers, in 2011 that number was 3.5%.

Which is interesting because nationwide, union membership fell from 11.8% of the total workforce to 11.3%.”

http://www.peachpundit.com/2013/01/24/union-membership-up-in-georgia/

LoyaltyIsMyHonor March 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

The bill, HB 361 is in the Insurance and Labor Committee and the Senate did not meet today so Cagle could not have reassigned it. So I take it you’re privy to insider info and that he’ll reassign it on Thursday?

Bloodhound March 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

The bill in question is HB 362 and it has been assign to Urban Affairs : http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/CommitteeLegislation.aspx?Committee=131&Session=23

If the Chair of that Committee does kill this bill as Erick suggests, and I can’t imagine that he is incorrect, I see a lot of folks face palming over their decision to assist Cagle in his bid to regain his lost position.

saltycracker March 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Union jobs:
All those tax incentives and economic opportunity areas to attract jobs ?
Traditional union companies and the film industries are paying attention.

From a union report (lost the web site):
“Despite the nationwide decline, however, labor union membership rose across Tennessee and Georgia last year from job additions at traditionally unionized factories and construction sites and new growth from Georgia’s growing movie industry.”

saltycracker March 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

We Republicans say we don’t like unions and illegals, unless we can use public money to get them.

saltycracker March 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

…and now……..drum roll…..a new gusher……public venture capital….

civusamericanus March 7, 2013 at 1:53 am

As much as I dislike cronyism, I side with Cagle on this issue. The State should not create ANY new laws for cities and counties, each county/city should decide who they wish to conduct business with themselves, it’s overstepping otherwise by the state.

If you have city/county officials giving preferential treatment to Union or Non-Union companies, citizens are responsible for voting them out of office, challenging them, or recalling them.

Plain and simple, I’m all for States Rights, but I’m not any more for infringements by the Federal Government or the State, on cities or counties. Regardless if this is a right or left issue, you need to look at as TOO much control would be given to the State on local decisions.

saltycracker March 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

By itself, agreed. But in many cases the state paved the yellow brick road with incentives and now they can’t have a say in how it is spent ? That’s not how the Feds play the game.

Lea Thrace March 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

Jim Galloway has what I think is a good explanation of why Cagle made this move.Below is an excerpt from this morning’s Daily Jolt:

H.B. 362 was delivered unto the hands of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee, chaired by Ron Ramsey, D-Decatur. It is stacked with nine other Democrats – and no Republicans. The bill will never see the light of day.

Many were puzzled. “You will have to ask my good friend, the lieutenant governor, as to his reasons. I was not consulted on this move, but look forward to hearing his reason for assigning the strongest right-to-work legislation in a generation to this committee,” Lindsey told my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin.

Cagle’s people have remained mum on the topic.

But a reading of H.B. 362 tells you that, whatever his motive, the lieutenant governor just took a bullet for a new $1 billion Falcons stadium – negotiations over which are very close to completion.

Here’s the relevant text from the deep-sixed bill:

[N]0 state agency, authority, department, commission, board, or similar entity that contracts for public works construction [i.e., Georgia World Congress Center Authority] shall, in its bid documents, specifications, project agreements, or other controlling documents for a public works construction contract: Require or prohibit bidders, offerors, contractors, subcontractors, or material suppliers to enter into or adhere to prehire agreements, project labor agreements, collective bargaining agreements, or any other agreement with one or more labor organizations on the same or other related construction projects…

When negotiations over the new stadium shifted from the Legislature to Atlanta City Hall, the dynamics changed drastically. Ideological worries over taxpayer-built athletic venues disappeared. Concern over community impact of the new construction ballooned.

The deal that Mayor Kasim Reed will ultimately present to the City Council is likely to contain a great many guarantees to the surrounding community – for minority hiring, job training offers to local residents, and so on.

All would be contractually unenforceable under H.B. 362, said Charlie Flemming, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO.

“If we’re going to do these public projects, I think we should do them with a high-road strategy, where everybody benefits – because Arthur Blank is certainly going to benefit. The city’s going to benefit. Why not allow the community to benefit? Let’s help those folks that live in the community,” Flemming said.

One likely feature of a stadium deal is likely to be apprentice programs for local residents. “Get them into that program so that at the end of that project, they’ll end up not only getting the skills, but they’ll be on the road to having a skill that they’ll be able to take anywhere in the country,” Flemming said.

saltycracker March 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Quid pro quo & OPM politics of the day

Spacey G March 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Erick as a VOG (Voice of God) on little ‘ole Georgia matters? Does Erick even live in Georgia any more? (These are the kinds of questions people usually ask of, say, Vernon Jones.)

Ed March 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

“This is fascinating and I suspect some enterprising reporter could find an interesting scoop looking at the financial disclosures that’ll come out in June.”

There will be a combined $250 in contributions from labor to Casey Cagle. I did not miss a zero.

Harry March 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Wow, which side of the desk is Cagle under anyway?

:) Just kidding :) Bad one, I know.

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