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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  1. Michel
    Reply

    Since all those companies are “evil”, guess it’s good they don’t have to work there anymore. Move along little whiny snowflakes…no one owes you anything…including a job. And in Trump’s great economy, you should have no problem finding another job you can try to manipulate into doing what you want, right!?

    • LMB
      Reply

      DITTO!!!

    • Jim
      Reply

      Just one more example of the stupid following the stupidier! For ANYONE to follow this person or any of the “QUAD” shows just two things,,,,,GREEDILY FOLLOWING AN IGNORANT PRETTY FACE, and a perfect example of GREEDY PEOPLE trying to CEMENT their FUTURES!!! GUESS WHAT<<<<THEY DID EXACTLY THAT!!! BE HAPPY YOU FOLLOWED AN IDIOT!!! How the hell did she SUCKER so many people to vote for her???

    • Mark
      Reply

      yeah, the fired workers can try to find jobs with subcontractors

  2. Michel
    Reply

    More Power to it *Bright Power* i would done it to. We give them jobs pay Employee Taxes,
    Insurance etc. have all the responsibility – just to name a few. Nothing ever seems to be enough, well let the loud mouth broad “AOC” pay now for there Salery..!

    • Thomas Cunningham
      Reply

      “loud mouth broad”? You are nothing but class! Suggestion: check your spelling no load!

      • Thomas Cunningham
        Reply

        moderate? Did you moderate Michel? I think not. GO TO HELL!

        • CAT650
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          Hey Thomas: Watch the mouth! No need to talk like that. Make sure you read the full article. In the article the former employee’s stated that they weren’t paid poorly or mistreated. So why after 4 years of employment, & apparently not bad employment, did they react to a certifiable idiot & moron like AOC & talk of unionizing? Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Mr. Perlman made a business decision based on the irresponsible choice of the employees. AOC lost 25K jobs when she complained about Amazon tax intensives relocating to NYC. View the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdfdugVPVYE I’m not a union man generally, but I do see unions as an effective tool when companies become authoritarian & insensitive. That’s not the case here. What happened here were unenlightened people making a bad decision stirred by an idiot. Mr. Perlman made a decision he didn’t even want to consider but that’s his job, to protect the company. The employee’s job was to protect their families, which they didn’t do. They failed their families for no good reason.

          • DukeB

            Some very fine emails regarding this story, and hen comes along some like Thomas. What an idiot!.

      • Myke Britt
        Reply

        “loud mouth broad”…EXCELLENT DESCRIPTION OF THIS COMMIE/DEMOCRAT!

      • Kristin
        Reply

        How about Michel’s English in “i would done it to.” which should be “I would have done it too.” to be correct. I believe you’ll find three differences in our phrases.

    • Greg Franklin
      Reply

      Sooooooo well said!

  3. Thomas Cunningham
    Reply

    Bright Power has some very dim bulbs! Increasingly behavior like this by management reflect a negative environment developed by Trump and the GOP. This is nonsense!

    • Thomas Cunningham
      Reply

      Who the hell are you to demand. Simple enough. Wait no longer. I will not use your app.

    • Curtis Bartley Jr
      Reply

      A Company has a right to do what they think best for them not what you think is right for them so you and big mouth AOC can save your breath no one cares about traitors that work for this company that’s twice big mouth AOC has cost people their jobs OR SOON TO BE JOBS LIKE Amazon. Too bad for the rest of the workers.

      • Janet Parasol
        Reply

        AOC, the “bartender”is hurting the sheep that follow her. If we get a socialist in this country, God Forbid, you will be eating your pets like poor Venezuela is doing now. I won’t because I’m Vegan and also for TRUMP 2020. AOC and OMAR should fall into a pit.

    • Autumn
      Reply

      And what makes you think it’s all about Trump and the GOP?? It’s evident you’re the one working with the dim bulb. I worked for a large company that did government contract’s years ago and a few wanted to unionize. We all looked at the upsides and downfalls and voted NOT to take that route. That overwhelming decision came from Dems and Reps alike. We already had great pay, awesome benefits and paid down time twice a year, not counting our paid vacations as well. The only thing that unionizing would’ve done was to line their own pockets off the back’s of us. It’s called having a conscience and some common sense.

    • Tarheel
      Reply

      Unions are outdated corrupt organizations that breed indolence and sloth. Their main goal is to raise money for the Democratic Party by the dues of members that would ordinarily be fired because of their inept work ethics..

  4. Tony Whitehead
    Reply

    Fantastic!!! In years past I have been forced to use union workers in several large chemical plants. I have never encountered a more worthless and ignorant group of so-called workers that could not carry out even the simplest of tasks. I wouldn’t recommend a union thug to hand shovel manure in Outer Mongolia. Totally worthless!

    • Mark k
      Reply

      Correct. We all should always ask the question: is it force or is it freedom? Capitalism is free choice- take the deal or don’t take the deal. Let the market decide. The market has no emotions.

    • The KGB
      Reply

      ROTFLMAO Tony has spoken the truth folks. Unions are BS & so is socialism. Anyone supporting AOC or similar types need their heads not examined but removed. Any takers?

  5. Frank W.
    Reply

    First Amazon and now this. AOC seems to have the magic touch for chasing away business and making bad moves for the folks of NY. Give her enough time and all businesses in NY will flee the state.

  6. brian w campbell
    Reply

    ANY ONE WHO LISTENS TO AOC NEEDS TO BE CHECKED FOR A MENTAL DISORDER THE FOUR CONGRESS LADYS ARE IDOTS AND A PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY HER AND THE OTHER THREE NEED TO LOSE THERE JOBS THEY ARE PARASITES NO ONE WILL MIS THEM

    • Napier
      Reply

      Amen Brian.

  7. JoeyP
    Reply

    It looks like AOC PERMANENTLY screwed up AND screwed EVERY worker in that company. I think she will be a “one termer” for sure! . . . everything she touches turns to DIRT. Don’t do us any favors by coming to Florida! Just go back to BARTENDING where you can do the LEAST damage – P L E A S E! Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

    • MaryAnn Hewitt
      Reply

      You never know stupid elected her to begin with.

    • Einar R. Petersen
      Reply

      Don’t bet on the “One Termer”, remember the FOOLS who voted for a Loud-mouth Barmaid in the first place. They’re ignorant enough to vote for her again…

  8. Barbara
    Reply

    It is sad for the workers for listening to AOC. They had jobs, benefits but now have nothing. Especially with the holidays on top of them. Hmmm, I wonder if AOC will cover their losses? I will never understand why people listen to her. She ruins everything she gets involved in!

    • Napier
      Reply

      So true Barbara.

  9. Jack
    Reply

    Again Cortex looking out for workers!

  10. Mark k
    Reply

    We don’t need unions any more! There are plenty of laws in this country to protect “workers”. Seriously, all unions, including public unions need to be passed out.

    • Jl
      Reply

      I agree all unions need shut down.plus all mudslimes andDemoncraps

  11. Ted Quirk
    Reply

    That’s not very GREEN of them is it?????

  12. Robert
    Reply

    My f’k’n heart skipped a beat. I got rid of all my employees. We were losing $ every year. We cut way back on production and eliminated our dealers. We started selling direct to customers with increased prices. The product quality improved because I fabricate everything we sell. We’ve been making good money since we made all the changes.

    Note to employees: Get another job or start your own business. We don’t owe you Snit.

  13. Myke Britt
    Reply

    “loudmouth broad”!! Excellent description of this COMMIE/DEMOCRAT!

  14. TJ
    Reply

    Woo-hoo! You go, girl! AO should run for Governor! Give Hillary another Senate seat. Between those two and Schumer, New York will go bankrupt in five years.

  15. Joseph moreland
    Reply

    Most unions are single interest groups and they could care less about their employer I was Toy union 26 years before resigning there are even told how old is the vote

  16. Nancy
    Reply

    I agree that we no longer need unions. In my experience
    Poor workers need the protection of unions; and especially
    Poor workers become union stewards

  17. Bob
    Reply

    I am retired from a company where I worked both as a union member and then as a company supervisor. I discovered that as every generation of workers stalrted, they seemed to be more me toothanambitious. I had some very good workers but I also had people that would pick fly shit from pepper in a ploy to not do the work assigned. As a result I was able to hire some contractors to get the work done and this made the employees afraid for their jobs. Some of the better employees even tried to push th loafers to move as they saw the writing on the wall. I have been retired for some years now and I would hate to see what the workforce is now. We reap what we sow.

  18. MaryAnn Hewitt
    Reply

    This woman is a certified brain dead moron – she pulled a stunt like that in NYC – AMAZON wanted to open a warehouse in lower Manhattan/Queens that would have brought in a ton of new jobs to the area & this POS caused so many problems for AMAZON that they moved to another state – taking their money & Jobs with them. How she was ever elected is totally beyond me.

  19. Jankowski House
    Reply

    If the voters in NY vote for you to have a 2nd term, they deserve your stupidity. How many more jobs are you going to lose for your constituents/voters? Thank the Lord you cannot run for President, the whole country would become a disaster! Return to your previous job your customers miss you!!!!

  20. Bob Fernandes
    Reply

    to All voters in her riding: Remember to trash AOC at vote time. When she goes back to being a bar waitress, I recommend she takes Ilhan Omar and Rashida with her and they jointly sign up with the union first

  21. Maria Padilla
    Reply

    Take my name of this list. I don’t like what I have read so far. All I have read is for trump supporters and you are forgetting that he is selling our country out to the Russians. He doesn’t listen to his advisors. You are far more educated then him on foreign policy. The republicans who expect money from trumps for their campaign, are receiving money from Russia. Follow the money.

    • Joel
      Reply

      I’m a lifelong Independent. That must be industrial-strength Kool-Aid you’re drinking, if you believe that Russia nonsense. If you want to talk REAL sell-outs of our country (to China, Mexico and Canada) try looking into what the Clintons, the Bush family and Obama (with Obama, add Iran.) have done during their time in power.

  22. Bob
    Reply

    Union’s are needed,
    40 years of being shit on by a disrespectful company

  23. J Sanchez
    Reply

    What kind of compensation is Ocasio going to get for encouraging workers to join a union.

  24. Phil
    Reply

    That is what you get for listening to AOC

  25. Ron
    Reply

    AOC is really great at destroying jobs! Look at what she did with Amazon in NYC. I think this is INTENTIONAL! Destroy jobs, put workers on welfare, and then you have control over their lives.

  26. N
    Reply

    These treasonous hypocrite libs(lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists NAZI Muslim Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Hollywood, Academia, Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬

  27. R. H.
    Reply

    A. O. C. – – – THREE STRIKES AND YOU ARE OUT ! ! !

    AWFUL
    Other
    Commies

  28. MANUEL SILVA
    Reply

    AOC Hates America and is a socialist elitist and to think she was a bartender she should know better. What do you expect from a self-centered brat.

  29. Ed
    Reply

    The union has the power of strikes to get what they want, the company has the power of firing and eliminating jobs. Why should it be all one-sided with only the union having the power? Unions are good and bad, but mostly they look out for union officials and their lifestyles. A strike to gain pay and benefits means more money paid in union dues and causes the price of whatever the company sells to be raised to cover the costs. In the end the consumer is the victim. Teacher’s unions, for example care little about the kids, it is for the teachers to gain more pay and benefits which result in higher dues being paid in. Union dues are assessed by a formula. At Boeing it was 2 times the average hourly wage, plus a little more for headquarters. Workers at the low end of the pay spectrum paid in a bigger percentage of their pay in dues that those in the upper half. Dues are never fixed but always a percentage of the hourly pay. so when pay goes up so go the dues.Is it no wonder union officials call for strikes now and then?

  30. Tim
    Reply

    Why doesn’t AOC start her own “Green” company and run it with all the enlightened management she espouses? Then she could hold that up as an example to is all. It would be a failure, of course. AOC has zero ability to build any commercially viable entity.

  31. Robert Solomon
    Reply

    This idiot of a congresswoman has only one accomplishment to her nsmr…costing people jobs. But the morons in her district will reelect her because she’s a Democrat and in NYC they haven’t yet learned that Democrats ruin everything they touch.

  32. Spiro Pastras
    Reply

    Really, come to Australia and have a look at what is happening. Our standard of living is deteriorating and we have to fight tooth and nail for our conditions – some are the envy of the world – but we currently have a conservative government in power, which is more worried about their power than the greater good which is the people.

  33. TNflash
    Reply

    I am amazed at the number of spineless whiners commenting on this blog. Your expectations of sick leave, health insurance, funeral leave, paid vacation time. and retirement programs were all won by the brave men and women who unionized and stood up to big money and their big corporations for a better life for, if not themselves, their kids and family. I take some comfort in recognizing the style of many of the commenters. It is the same as the comments written by Putin’s computer hacking dogs to promote division in our great country.

  34. David
    Reply

    As a Christian American it makes me sad and a little shocked to read some of the comments in this forum. Ignorant attacks of a personal nature on elected officials is not what Americans stand for. Under this administration we are seeing and hearing the voice of evil more and more. Donald J Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and that is one good thing that will be to his credit. Him and all his minions are one by one being exposed for what they are. The curtain is being pulled away. Corrupt politicians trying to “export” there avaricious to countries attempting to root out evil is coming into the light. I am thankful that God is able to use evil for GOOD.

  35. Peter Rundel
    Reply

    Here in America, you makes your choices and takes your chances. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not!
    Too bad the workers didn’t understand that companies don’t like unions that take employers away from supporting (or not) their workers and turns workers into narrow minded machines. There are benefits to both sides, but employers who took the risks to build their enterprise, are not terribly willing to allow unions to break the bank – which happens more often than not! There is a place for unions, when employers treat their employees like commodities. Or if the jobs they offer don’t actually require much in the way of brain work – just routine over and over work. If you’re in that category, it won’t matter all that much if you get fired for supporting a union, but finding another mindless job may be hard to come by! My narrow-minded opinion!

  36. Daniel deAvilan
    Reply

    Ocasio Cortez is a Foreigner in her Belief’s, in her Heart and MInd. It is an absolute Disgrace what she has done to the Hardworking Americans at that facility. That woman represents herself and NO one else. The Democrats, which I have been all of my voting life, are not happy unless they are destroying the Jobs of Hard Working Americans. That Woman is a Traitor and should be IMPEACHED from her Congressional Position immediately. Combat Veterans for America, Cortez is a Miserable Hater of our American Values, Traditions, etc.

  37. Adrian Vance
    Reply

    You gotta love it! Where the union idea was a good one in the Robber Baron days it has been corrupted, like our politics, and is now a negative force in the nation. I was a Chemistry teacher in a high school in LA in 60’s. The union formed, came to the defense of every bad teacher who committed a crime every time he/she went into a classroom and took $80 out of my $600 meager monthly paycheck. Guess what? I got out of teaching to go into my own business, made a million, married a Swede who did not honor the marriage and peeled my butt in Domestic Relations Court. Why do I think America is on the path to collapse? Adrian Vance

  38. sandy hines
    Reply

    I’m speechless that a comment from Ms Cortez could have that impact! The company is suspect too.

  39. Charles Whieldon
    Reply

    I doubt solar panel installers are, to be kind, the brightest crayons in the box. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were mostly Latinos as well, which might account for why they would follow Occasional Cortex’ advice.

  40. Irwin
    Reply

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you! If you don’t like your job, look elsewhere. The market will take care of finding out what you’re skills are worth. Demands for wage hikes and increased benefits, whether a company can afford it or not, will only hurt the company, its shareholders, the public, and ultimately the workers. If poorly-paying companies lose good workers because they’re not paying them enough, then they’ll eventually change their ways and be more generous to their workers – if they can afford it. Just thank them for the training and experience as you leave for greener pastures!

  41. Edward Swisher
    Reply

    I am pro union…and have been a member of 2 UAW locals and AFGE. However, if a company treats their employees well and pays them a decent wage, there is no reason for a union. Unions are meant protect workers from abusive polices, retaliation, working for substandard wages, employee safety, etc. By the way, I was a union steward and chief union steward at the Kansas City VA Medical Center…and the employees definitely needed union representation… They still do.

  42. Edward Swisher
    Reply

    I am pro union…and have been a member of 2 UAW locals and AFGE. However, if a company treats their employees well and pays them a decent wage, there is no reason for a union. Unions are meant protect workers from abusive policies, retaliation, working for substandard wages, employee safety, etc. By the way, I was a union steward and chief union steward at the Kansas City VA Medical Center…and the employees definitely needed union representation… They still do.

  43. Joel
    Reply

    If they were happy with their pay and benefits, why the need for a union? Unions are like the federal government. The only money they have is taken from We, the People. Once they grow beyond a certain point, they only exist for their own existence and forsake their original purpose.

  44. JAMES LEWIS
    Reply

    This is funny. Unions tend to be pro-socialist, and clearly so is AOC. The big unions back these pro-socialist candidates because they’re of the same mindset. She sure does mess things up everywhere she goes. Sure will be glad when she is kicked down the road as the laughing stock of America. But, don’t forget, JusticeDemocrat.org, auditioned her for the part, and helped her get elected, and then scripted her. It’s when she steps off the script that she can’t put a logical thought together on her own. What a joke! And JusticeDemocrat is intending to audition many more to take over Congress. Google it, find it on YouTube, I can’t make this stuff up. By the way, she got elected even though there were not that many people who voted for her. It’s hilarious that the workers actually listened to her nonsense and acted upon it. They deserved to get fired.

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