1. Fiction:We want Wakefield to be a union contractor.
Fact:We are not asking The Wakefield Corporation
to become a union contractor nor are we asking any of his
workers to join the union.
While many of Jim Wakefield's
workers have left the tyranny of The Wakefield Corporation
to get the dignity and respect of receiving area standards, all the union wants is for Wakefield's NONUNION workforce to receive area standards while working for the NONUNION company, The Wakefield Corporation
Every industry has business groups designed to protect the standards of the industry.
We want to protect our industry from companies who drive wages down and drive quality craftsmen out of the industry, altogether.
Even Jim Wakefield's daughter Erin recognizes the problems the industry is having attracting quality craftsmen into the industry, but she
company's role in making the industry unattractive.
admission here: http://constructor.agc.org/mag/2008_11-12/features/0811-72.asp This is not a Wakefield vs.
An NLRB election would have been a secret ballot vote, and Jim Wakefield
would not have been allowed to be present.
Instead, Jim Wakefield
called for the vote himself, where he
workers to a public vote IN FRONT of him.
5. Fiction: Jim Wakefield
men higher wages than the union.
Fact: We will acknowledge that some of Jim Wakefield's
workers are paid higher wages than some of the union workers but only to the extent that we are comparing career carpenters to apprentices.
The Wakefield Corporation
using their "heavy hitters" to represent the entire operation is disingenuous, and Jim Wakefield knows it.
Reporters never seem to ask Jim Wakefield
use of cash-pay workers.
How many of the cash-pay workers have the benefits that Wakefield
likes to crow about?
6. Fiction: Jim Wakefield
provides benefits including vacation to his
Most articles look to us as if Jim Wakefield
wrote the story himself and emailed it to the reporter minutes before deadline.
Wakefield claimed to be interested in becoming a union contractor, which, contrary to his bogus claims to newspapers, is his right under federal law without the consent of his workforce.
seemed to hit a snag.
The usually resolute and in control Jim Wakefield became squirrelly when we told him that if he became a union contractor, he would have to become legitimate and would not be allowed to use a cash-pay workforce.
tried to reason that in order to be "competitive" he
had to sometimes use a nontaxable workforce, but we informed him that our contractors must comply with all labor laws including deducting taxes from employees like every other legitimate company in America.
We are not sure if Jim Wakefield
was ever serious or if he
enacted an elaborate ruse to try to gain access to our training material, which he
asked for a copy of on numerous occasions, but after securing all of the information he
could get from the union, Wakefield
decided that he
would leave the decision up to the workers in a vote that he
would personally supervise.
At individual meetings, workers reported that while they were in favor of joining the union, The Wakefield Corporation's
supervisors were intimidating them to vote against the union.
While most of the workers succumbed to the pressure of the underhanded tactics of management with a no vote during the very public "election" attended and witnessed by Jim Wakefield himself, many of the workers soon made their true choice clear by joining the union and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded them by honest and responsible union contractors.
While we did not approach The Wakefield Corporation
with an organizing intention, once his
workers saw the benefits of state-of-the-art productivity training and decent wages, not even Jim Wakefield
could stop the mass exodus of his
When Wakefield first mentioned his organizing claim, we notified him by registered mail of our disinterest in allowing him to become a union contractor.
We thought a second letter would get the message through his
thick skull, but he
continues to spout what he
knows is nonsense to any lapdog reporter who will listen.
11. Fiction:They tried to get me to make the decision personally.
Fact: Jim Wakefield
was always well-aware of the federal exemptions which allow construction companies to make a union decision on their own.
was always crystal clear that the decision would be his
found out that he
had to pay taxes on ALL of his
22. Fiction: Why do you say "Jim Wakefield
is anti-American worker"?
Fact:The idea was taken from an article written about The Wakefield Corporation
In the article, Jim Wakefield
complains of being forced to hire workers from Mexico and Central American because of the "shallow pool" of local workers who can pass a drug test or are trainable.
Wakefield bragged that he could train a Hispanic worker twice as fast as a local "anglo" worker.
We do not view the Knoxville talent pool as shallow.
Saying that the majority of us can not pass a drug test is offensive.
We believe that what Jim Wakefield really meant was that he
could not get workers to agree to a "cash-pay, no taxes" system that his
77 "temporary workers" would agree to.