By: Diane Benjamin
I FOIA’d the Town of Normal concerning permits issued to Rivian from the Town of Normal. This list is just in the last 6 months. Total construction value is over $107 million during that time period.
Rivian received taxpayer dollars yet all this construction is not required to pay prevailing wage. Rivian will gladly take your money and then bring in cheaper labor to do the construction. If they weren’t getting tax dollars it wouldn’t matter, language protecting workers Normal put in agreements is not enforceable.
Rivian is also bringing in foreign nationals on VISAs. I have emails confirming this that I may use in the future. President Trump may by ending that practice for us. He signed an Executive Order in June limiting VISA’s for temporary workers: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/22/visas-trump-signed-executive-order-limit-h-1-b-l-1-and-others/3230698001/
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