BIG SAVINGS TO CONSUMERS FROM COMPETITIVE BIDDING!
IBEW Union's own
publication says "We would expect the nonunion bid to be 25 to 40% less
than the union bid."
Summer 1996 - Competitive Bidding Can Save
Millions - by Ray Kreig - Alaska Contractor
1996 - Associated General Contractors of Alaska award
to the reform Chugach Electric board and Ray Kreig for passage of the
Competitive Bidding bylaw
March 1997 - Because You Voted: Competitive
Bidding Working! - by Ray Kreig - Chugach Outlet
1997 Competitive Bids Reveal Great Savings!
Intertie Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IBEW Union12/6/96
- ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL LIGHT AND POWER GENERAL MANAGER SIGNS SECRET GIVEAWAY TO
IBEW UNION RESTRICTING COMPETITION ON INTERTIE CONSTRUCTION
- Chugach Consumers Unveils MOU Backroom Deal
- Background to MOU
- Press Coverage of MOU Controversy:
- 2/25/90 Anchorage Times -- Electric Utilities, Union Join to Raid Railbelt Fund
"Some of our board members were concerned there was a
free-enterprise problem," said Norm Story, assistant general manager
for the Homer [Electric] cooperative. But Story said the board went along
after being assured the agreement was not a legally binding document.
Anchorage's ML&P refused to join after nearly a month of negotiations
with the union and other utilities. "It has been a long-standing thing
to get IBEW's support. IBEW gives lots of money to candidates and is able to
influence people who might otherwise be opposed to something like
this," said Tom Stahr, ML&P general manager. "But I think
it was felt this probably wasn’t a legal thing to do."
Charles Irby...said swapping political influence for construction
contracts will cost consumers by eliminating competition. "I hate to
see public business conducted in that manner," Irby said Friday in a
telephone interview. "The union has been doing a very effective job at
selling the concept of `union only' and convincing people it's to their
benefit. I'm against any restriction of free trade and particularly within
the United States. "How the union was able to get respectable
boards to cooperate, I don't know."
- COST REVIEW FOR CONTRACTING ALTERNATIVES FOR TRANSMISSION FACILITIES IN
ALASKA - January 1996 - Northrup and Thieblot - Executive
summary - Complete report
- 1/26/96 Chugach Electric Association -- Press Release
on Northrup Study
- 1/25/96 IBEW Press Release -- Response to Northrup Study
- Feb 1996 Chugach Outlet -- Intertie Contracting Alternative Could Save Millions
- 6/7/96 Chugach Press Release -- Chugach Board Votes on Interties
- 6/20/96 Alaska Star -- Chugach Rejects [IBEW MOU on] Intertie Project
[IBEW Business -Manager Gary Brooks] asked, ‘what's in it for us? If
some guy from Mississippi is going to come in and get the work; why should
- 6/13/97 Voice of the Times -- Will city officials protect the public interest?
- 6/19/97 Alaska Star -- ML&P manager resigns (fired); Mayor unhappy with Starr's signature on MOU
It was clear that the general manager had not been following a course charted
by the mayor's office. [Tom] Stahr favored the city's purchase of an interest in the
Beluga gas field and convinced the Assembly to approve the deal. Mystrom was not
a fan of that move...Stahr "acted on his own,"... when he signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers (IBEW) and members of the Electrical Utility Participants'
Group. Stahr apparently did not inform Mystrom or members of the ML&P
advisory commission of his action.
- 9/14/97 Voice of the Times -- ML&P
Oversight Mystrom said ML&P General Manager Tom Stahr
apparently took it upon himself to sign the MOU and didn't clear it with
him. Stahr lost his job a few months ago. Mystrom canceled the MOU last
month, declaring the municipality supports open, competitive bidding.
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