Congratulations to the building management at Century Centre Towers for doing exactly what needs to be done with unions: completely getting rid of them.

Here is an email from “VM” regarding the building he lives in.

Century Centre
Date: July 13, 2010
To: All Tenants at Century Centre Towers
From: The Office of the Buildings
Re: Janitorial company change


In our efforts to keep all controllable costs within reason, the Landlord has determined that changing the janitorial company at Century Centre is the responsible thing to do. Our current company is bound by the Union and in May, the Union presented their substantial increase which in our opinion was inappropriate in today’s economy.

We asked for proposals from seven different companies and made our selection. Starting August 16, our new janitorial company will be the Ritz Companies out of Irvine. The Ritz Companies is a non-union company, which means that more than likely the Union will strike at our property.

There is a very high probability that the Union will send over some people to picket. I do not know when they will show up but I have spoken to the Irvine Police Department and the picketers should be staying out on the sidewalk along Main Street and they are not allowed to block the entry. You may want to notify employees, guests and visitors of the potential picketers.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Cities and states need to deal with unions exactly the same way. Unions have a choice. They can be reasonable or they can lose their jobs.

If the union is stupid enough to picket, it will further entrench public attitudes against union members wanting wages and benefits others do not get.

This was a private union not a public one. If only it was as easy to get rid of public ones. Unfortunately public unions buy votes from corrupt politicians.

Please note that not a single job was lost by this. Instead, everyone in the building will benefit from lower assessments while the same janitorial work will be done by a different company who will need to staff up.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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