Low bids win jobs for polygamists

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  • Austin Bistline
    April 18, 2008 12:52 p.m.

    As a former FLDS member and a Superintendent for JNJ, I made $75,000 a year after bonuses. They were by far the best paying company in town. I was the Onsite Superintendent of the project completed for Pima County ($880,500) mentioned in the article, as well as several not mentioned, and I set the wages of the men working on my site. I usually started my guys out at $15/hr, (all over the age of 16) which is a pretty good starting wage for a laborer/pipelayer. Most firms won't even start a main line operator thats been in the business for years at more than $15. JNJ's success comes from many years of General Engineering experience, excellent line item management, comprehensive budgeting, and of course, skilled and hardworking people. Jake Jessop is a "by the book" leader and is considered by many to be one of the best in the industry.

    It takes a tremendous amount of insurance, bonding, permitting, and anylizing of a company before they are awarded any type of state or county contract.

    I'm sick of the speculation, defamation, and false accusations from people that have never met or come in contact with the accused.

  • JC
    April 17, 2008 6:14 p.m.

    not suprised that a group who exploits children and women would exploit other members of their sect. Modern day slavery.

  • samhill
    April 17, 2008 3:12 p.m.

    "A law-abiding company will bid on a job and be underbid by $100,000 or more because they have to pay for their labor," said Brenda Jensen of the HOPE Organization, a support group for former polygamist-sect members.

    This seems to presume that the JNJ company is not "law-abiding".

    If she can prove this then it would seem easy to show this to the agencies involved and put a stop to the practice.

    If she cannot prove this, then I would think that the JNJ company could and should pursue charges of defamation against her, and possibly her organization.

  • 0.7734
    April 17, 2008 11:53 a.m.

    I really have to wonder if JNJ Engineering is following all the employment laws...worker's comp coverage, equal opportunity for its contractors, tax laws, age restrictions, etc. Someone should look into that. The FLDS organization has already proven to me that they have a problem being honest. I can't imagine that it is just limited to just their child sex indiscretions.