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.

56 Comments

  1. 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!?

    • 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???

  2. 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..!

        • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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..

  3. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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).

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!‬

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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