Georgia Power should do right by this country

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When do principles trump the profit motive? Georgia Power and The Shaw Group face that dilemma today. On the front page and on the editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle April 20, this question was brought to the forefront. There were two diametrically opposing views of American and private-citizen values of our society and country.

On the front page ("Unions in deal to train workers"), the Chronicle writer wrote that a "deal" had been made between Georgia Power and the Obama administration to perhaps accept an $8.33 billion federal "tax-funded" loan guarantee in building two new Plant Vogtle reactors in exchange for Georgia Power and Shaw using "only" union labor during construction.

IF THIS BARGAIN with the devil is made, what will happen to the thousands of nonunion jobs promised to Burke and surrounding counties? According to the union spokesman, the "deal" would lead to other, union-only nuclear construction jobs throughout the country.

The Shaw Group has, in the past, been a principled company that believes in saving their clients money while effecting cost-efficiencies by operating in a nonunion "freedom of choice" environment. The company apparently does not believe in forcing employees to join a union to work for The Shaw Group, and requiring employees to pay union dues to have a job.

The Obama administration has pledged, and is working hard, to unionize all American labor by hook or by crook, including passing a law that would require companies to deal with unions without employees having a choice.

GEORGIA POWER, or any other business, should and must evaluate any monetary savings that could be realized by accepting the Obama bribe. It is my understanding that, if accepted, Georgia Power would save approximately $300 million in interest payments over a period of five or six years. This of course could possibly affect the cost of power to the consumer, however minimally.

This is where the second Chronicle piece, on the editorial page, enters the picture.

At the Verizon Heritage golf tournament, pro golfer Brian Davis had a similar principle/character decision to make. He could likely win his first American PGA golf tournament at age 35 by cheating, or show his class and principles and be able to sleep at night.

He chose the latter, and called a penalty on himself that no one else would have ever known about. He made the right choice, and lost the golf prize of his life -- but he can face himself, his family, and the golf world.

Can Georgia Power make this choice -- not just for the sake of the company and stockholders, but for the ethics and principles that this country has always stood for?

Hopefully, Georgia Power will be a winner and stand up, as did Brian, and say, "Enough is enough."

(The writer is founder and CEO of the staffing and recruiting company MAU Inc. in Augusta.)

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burninater
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burninater 04/24/10 - 10:01 pm
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I call Shenanigans! The

I call Shenanigans! The author claims the April 20 article says "a "deal" had been made between Georgia Power and the Obama administration to perhaps accept an $8.33 billion federal "tax-funded" loan guarantee in building two new Plant Vogtle reactors in exchange for Georgia Power and Shaw using "only" union labor during construction." I checked that article; there is no such statement. Secondly, the claim that Shaw "has, in the past, been a principled company that believes in saving their clients money while effecting cost-efficiencies by operating in a nonunion "freedom of choice" environment," is a bit puzzling, as the union trainers at issue are Stone and Webster, a group that has been a subsidiary of Shaw for the past decade. I would love to see substantiation of the above claims that such a deal was a condition of the loan guarantee. Otherwise, the Chronicle needs to do that which it does to any user Comment that makes false assertions -- pull the article.

justus4
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justus4 04/25/10 - 04:32 am
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The writer benefits from
Unpublished

The writer benefits from workers going through his operation to get work, while he gets paid for merely connecting the employer to the worker. In other words, he gets money for sending workers out to local warehouses and plants to work without benefits, without administrative leave, without sick days, and without health insurance. Of course this kinda operation mainly affects U know who, and prevents workers from ever raising their quality of life, which probably was the original intent. Unions do present a problem for the deep south, but to abuse workers legally and take advantage of the poor demonstrate that unions do have a place. The unions will win this one.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 04/25/10 - 07:25 am
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William Hatcher forgets the

William Hatcher forgets the golden rule. "The man with the gold makes the rules". As long as a union man is in charge, union rules. This, too, shall pass.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 04/25/10 - 09:13 am
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I guess Mr Hatcher is worried

I guess Mr Hatcher is worried about those hundreds of dollars he'll miss from the people who come to him for jobs.

mable8
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mable8 04/29/10 - 04:29 pm
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Georgia Power is a greedy

Georgia Power is a greedy corporation that preys on the customers they serve. Why are they permitted to double-charge the wattage one uses during the months June - September and any month that has a major holiday? This is charging for services NOT RENDERED; any other business would be challenged in court, found guilty of fraud, and put out of business because the fines would be so great they couldn't afford to pay them. The utilitiy companies are a monopoly and should be treated as such with heavy regulations; instead, our Public Utility Commissioners grant them every single raise they request (generally at full compense, but occasionally at least a fraction of what raise is requested). Shame on our State government officials for allowing these companies to bleed us dry.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 05/04/10 - 08:56 pm
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I wonder if MAU has 'always

I wonder if MAU has 'always done right'?

Kitten35
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Kitten35 05/07/10 - 09:11 am
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"Why are they permitted to

"Why are they permitted to double-charge the wattage one uses during the months June - September and any month that has a major holiday? This is charging for services NOT RENDERED; any other business would be challenged in court, found guilty of fraud, and put out of business because the fines would be so great they couldn't afford to pay them. "

This is an excellent point, and in many states, what GA Power does with the rate doubling is illegal. If another company moved in and provided half price rates, there is no doubt in my mind that GA Power would be out of business in three seconds flat.

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