Re "Union feud bill handed to governor" (Dan Walters, Oct. 9): and "Has labor overreached in protecting wages?" (Dan Morain, Oct. 9): Paying prevailing wage rates for government projects is a giant ripoff of the state's taxpayers. It's a totally unnecessary expense.
The unions claim they provide better skills, but compare the quality of state buildings to private projects built with non-union labor. You'll find no appreciable quality differences. Non-union contractors have to follow the same contracting rules.
If the politicians truly cared about the state's taxpayers, they'd allow open bidding on government projects and save the taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. It's too bad the majority of them are in bed with the unions.
-- Jim Chakedis, Carmichael