Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Encourages Workers at Solar Plant to Unionize: Company Fires Everyone

Well, that probably wasn’t intended.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) encouraged workers at Bright Power, a growing solar power installation company in New York, to unionize.  The New York City construction workers decided to take the plunge and began forming the first union at a solar company in the state.

Then Bright Power fired everyone and went back to using subcontractors, just as they had until about four years ago when they began hiring permanent staff.

Bright Power CEO Jeffrey Perlman told VICE.com:

“We have come to the conclusion that our resources have been spread too thin with so many different kinds of work all being done in-house. It makes business sense to return to a fully subcontracted solar installation model.”

Chris Schroth, one of the fired workers, wasn’t impressed.  He told Vice.com:

“This is obviously retaliation for union organizing.  The total hypocrisy of their progressive mission as a green energy company is disgusting. They did everything that a big bad union busting company does. This is exactly what a coal company or any other evil company does.”

Schroth and others didn’t claim that they were paid poorly or treated poorly by Bright Power, so the question remains of why they wanted to unionize in the first place.

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