We need an open shop on bidding on government projects, HVAC veteran says
"Bids should be open to everyone who has the insurance, bonding and licensed staff on hand."
As a steamfitter, refrigeration mechanic, gas fitter, HVAC tech and business owner for over 30 years, now retired, I wanted to give my views on bidding on government projects. By the way, I was union in the past and open shop in the last half of my career. I just want to say there is no good reason for governments to restrict projects to unionized only companies. The practice is politically-motivated and only serves to drive up costs to the taxpayer. Most people do not know but unions give large amounts of cash rebates back to unionized bidding firms to help them come in with lower prices to beat out open shop contractors. I have no issue with that practice as it is their money! However, bids should be open to all as long as the firm has the insurance, bonding and licensed staff on hand to do the job.