AFP is at it again. They are putting the corporate priorities of the Koch brothers over the economic well-being of the taxpayers of New Jersey.
The reason that BOTH wings of the corporate establishment party -- the Hillary Clinton Democrats and the Mitch McConnell Republicans -- have done nothing to secure our borders or to attempt to monitor those who come into this country legally and then overstay their visas, is because their corporate masters depend on illegal labor to suppress American wages. For the past forty years, the American worker has lost ground and passing minimum wage laws mean nothing when there are millions of wage slaves in the gray economy to exploit.
The Koch brothers know this and that is why they have done their best to undercut the presidential campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The Kochs' lobbying wing, the so-called Americans for Prosperity (AFP), likes to portray itself as a "membership" organization, but unlike other membership organizations here in America, AFP's members don't get to vote on who leads its national and state organizations. Those decisions are made for them by individuals closely connected with the owners of Koch Industries. That means that AFP is essentially a lobby group, so we understand why it would disadvantage New Jersey taxpayers to advance the agenda of Koch Industries.
Earlier today, the New Jersey outpost of AFP issued yet another attack on legislation designed to protect skilled American workers from illegals looking to take their jobs.
The bill under attack is Senate Bill 2173/Assembly Bill 2863. This is EXACTLY how the bill description reads:
This bill requires every contract subject to State prevailing wage requirements to require each worker employed under the contract to be enrolled in, or have completed, a registered apprenticeship, unless the contractor or subcontractor certifies that the worker is paid not less than the journeyworker wage rate.
Under the bill, a “registered apprenticeship program” is an apprenticeship program which is registered with and approved by the United States Department of Labor and which provides each trainee with combined classroom and on-the-job training under the direct and close supervision of a highly skilled worker in an occupation recognized as an apprenticeable trade and meets the program performance standards of enrollment and graduation under 29 C.F.R. Part 29, section 29.6.
This is the LIE being promoted by AFP:
At the heart of the legislation is a requirement that " each worker employed under the contract to be enrolled in, or have completed, a registered apprenticeship" program. Since apprenticeship programs are offered primarily by labor unions, this bill would all but shut out competition from non-union shops and drive up project costs at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers.
The truth is this: There are 676 active apprentice programs in New Jersey, only 15 of which are affiliated with a construction union.
Illegals cannot gain access to apprenticeship programs because they are in the United States illegally. As it is now, unethical contractors hire a qualified worker (per the law) and then place a dozen or dozens of unqualified illegals under him (or her), pay them less, and increase profits. Why should taxpayers pay for unqualified illegal labor?
SB 2173/A 2863 makes sure that the workers hired are qualified workers or worker trainees in an approved apprenticeship program, who have a legal right to be in the United States.
And contrary to what AFP is telling you, if there is no apprenticeship program covering a particular job-description, a worker may be hired provided that the contractor sign a statement that he is legally permitted to work in America. Now, why would ANY group calling itself CONSERVATIVE oppose that!
What's up with AFP NJ?
Back when Steve Lonegan ran AFP in New Jersey, there was a level of competence that seems lacking now. Lonegan communicated with other conservative and used AFP to support the conservative movement as a whole -- even when it went against the corporate interests of the Koch brothers.
In contrast to the Koch brothers and the current regime running AFP NJ, Lonegan was solidly Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment, he opposed same-sex marriage, opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants, and supported American cultural values. The current leadership are culture warriors for the Left. No less than conservative Senator Mike Doherty was stiffed by them when he asked the financial backers of AFP NJ for help.
Whether due to incompetence or by design, AFP NJ has once again exhibited that they don't understand the legislation they are opposing. Conveniently ignoring the purpose of the legislation to push the Koch agenda isn't helping the conservative movement in New Jersey.