Charlotte Businesses Question How DNC Contracts Were Awarded
Charlotte, NC - John Monteith is a frustrated businessman. He says, “This is about me loosing my right to work in a right to work state."
The Heritage Printing & Graphics executive says a high level executive with the convention told him the DNC's printing contract would only go to a union shop.
Monteith says, “My source was telling me for my benefit, to save me from wasting my time."
It's a subject that's been a hot button in the Charlotte mayor's race, with Republican Scott Stone claiming the DNC contract opened the doors for Charlotte to lose jobs.
Stone says, “Local workers are being denied opportunities that are going to out of state unions potentially. This is what I've been talking about for weeks. We've got to fight for local jobs going to local workers."
Mayor Anthony Foxx says allegations that the DNC contract steered jobs toward out of state union shops are untrue.
Foxx says, “It speaks to the use of labor within the region. This idea that someone from Alaska is gonna take a job from someone in Charlotte is absolutely ridiculous."
The DNC Committee issued this statement in regards to Monteith's claims, “The team that was chosen included local, union, non-union, women-owned, and minority owned firms."
Committee for Charlotte 2012 Executive Director Dan Murrey said in an emailed statement, “The notion that the Host Committee will only allow unionized firms to bid is categorically untrue."
But Webb & Partners project management firm owner Sherwood Webb says he heard it straight from the horses mouth, “They said we will be using union labor."
That's why Webb says he never made a bid.
Monteith says it's the DNC's prerogative to choose which ever business it wants. But he says he should have been clued before he wasted three months time.
Monteith's claim has not been denied, instead a DNC spokesperson said the person who spoke to Monteith “misspoke.”
Monteith says it's not partisan or political, but he had to speak up, “That's a very poor response, that somebody misspoke. Basically what you're telling me is that somebody should not have said anything."
The contracts these two companies missed out on were awarded to local shops.
Many DNC contracts were awarded to local businesses partnering with national firms.