Competition breeds success, opportunity

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I would like respond to recent comments from Mike Notar, president of the Juneau and Vicinity Building and Construction Trades Council, and his exceptions to the ads in the Juneau Empire dated March 30.

I find it interesting that Notar points to " usual with the (Associated Builders & Contractors), the ad has too many omissions of truth for the (Juneau & Vicinity Building and Construction Trades Council, Inc.) to sit idly by without a response," when his own letter is filled with its own inaccuracies.

I agree with Notar that the Juneau Assembly should "want to preserve local hiring; for promoting on-time, on-budget projects with many projects finished for less than budget." However, from my perspective, I feel that Notar and the Assembly have failed in the execution.

Bartlett Regional Hospital and Thunder Mountain High School are examples of projects that required project labor agreements (PLA) and came in neither on-time nor on-budget. Additionally, with the recent bid of the Dimond Park Pool Construction, despite having PLA requirements, the winning bids for the general contractor, electrical contractor and the mechanical contractor were secured by companies located outside of Juneau, and one located outside of Alaska. I fail to see how this preserves local hiring.

Personally, I could care less if local bids are secured by union or non-union workers. The goal is to create jobs and opportunities in Juneau by creating a competitive bid environment, as competition breeds success and opportunity.

Jeff Jenkins


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