The owners of a solar power company fired their entire workforce after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agitated the workers and urged them to unionize.
Looks like having the queen of the Green New Deal telling them to unionize was probably not the best advice, huh?
Last week, Bright Power decided to fire its staff and farm all the work out to subcontractors instead of maintaining their own workforce. The firing occurred just as the workers were following Ocasio-Cortez’s advice to form a union.
“We have come to the conclusion that our resources have been spread too thin with so many different kinds of work all being done in-house,” Bright Power CEO Jeffrey Perlman said according to VICE.com. “It makes business sense to return to a fully subcontracted solar installation model.”
According to reports, Bright Power had hired a full-time workforce, employing them for the last four years. But before that, the company used subcontractors.
Unsurprisingly, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez was displeased with the company’s actions.
Many have told me they think the pro-justice & worker provisions in the Green New Deal are “unnecessary.”
Yet this example is why a just transition is vital. Without it, oil barons turn into energy barons, & workers are hurt all the same.
Bright Power must be held accountable. https://t.co/HmP3IOAyzF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 22, 2019
Chris Schroth, one of the fired solar workers, was also understandably miffed.
“This is obviously retaliation for union organizing,” Schroth said. “The total hypocrisy of their progressive mission as a green energy company is disgusting. They did everything that a big bad union busting company does. This is exactly what a coal company or any other evil company does.”
“We were belittled and ignored,” another worker anonymously told Vice. “They never told us we had to do anything but there was implied punishment if we didn’t.”
Raymond Kitson, one of the union thugs who thought he was going to represent the Bright Power workers, called the company’s actions an example of “union busting.”
“This is right out of the playbook of any union busting corporation. They know these men can’t afford to be out of work,” Kitson said. “They’ll make them squabble over a couple week’s severance just so they can make it to Christmas.”
Well, bummer, huh?
And just as amusingly, Bright Power is reportedly a growing company.
Inc. magazine named the company one of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S.
I guess your lesson, here, is not to take job advice from a socialist.
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