Usually, the opening of a new location – whether it’s a coffee shop or a hardware store – is a cause for celebration. It bodes well for the general economy.
Of course, if your business is a Wendy’s then you’re probably not happy to see a new Sonic opening up. Sunoco is never happy to see a new BP station opening in the neighborhood.
- County Airports Director Donovan announced last week that the Federal Aviation Administration has accepted the airport into its contract tower program.
- The Aviation Trust Fund, a federal reserve of tax dollars levied on airline tickets and operations, will provide funding to operate the tower.
Here’s what I don’t get: the Feds are paying to open a new tower. They’re not staffing it with government controllers, and they’re not going to run it via big-league rules; they’re going to pay a sub-contractor to run the tower, and the sub-contractor will hire non-Fed controllers for B-scale wages. Isn’t that called union busting?
How can it be that a Democratic administration, which supports the Davis-Bacon Act in ensuring that union wages are paid in federal contracts, is staffing a new facility with non-union lower-paid contractors, and putting them to work in an environment that doesn’t meet Fed standards? Think they have a two-hour rule?
I’m not a smart guy, but if we’re splitting and reducing Fed facilities while government money is funding new B-scale non-union contractor startups, doesn’t that sound like we’re being run out of the industry?