Mitt Romney Bashes Unions Now, But Praised Them During 2002 Olympics
February 24, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been going after organized labor with particular vehemence on the campaign trail, telling members of the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors gathered Thursday for the group’s annual convention in Phoenix:
But when it came time to organize Romney’s biggest undertaking of his career – the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City – he relied on unions to make sure the job was done right – the first time. He even singled out the IBEW out for public praise.
Just as the games were starting, in a speech before a crowd that included IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill, Romney said:
He went on to thank Salt Lake City Locals 57 and 354 – and President Hill – for all their hard work. Nearly 30 members spent days and weekends to wire the 500-foot mega-wattage Olympic Rings displayed on a mountain overlooking the city.
Local 57, which represents workers at Utah Power, one of the game’s sponsors, also helped power up 14 venues during the games.
The IBEW was not the only union to help bring the 2002 games to life. More than six unions, working through a project labor agreement, helped reconstruct 17 miles of highway I-15 – a necessary first step before the Olympics could begin. The job was completing on time and under budget. The project was even declared the top civil engineering achievement of the year by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Said the ASCE:
Says International President Hill: