For immediate release
August 23, 2016
Union calls for transparency in Ferrovial’s U.S. infrastructure projects
DENVER – A new report from the UNITE HERE Airport Group discusses Ferrovial’s links to an ongoing corruption trial in Barcelona and Ferrovial Airport’s bid to privatize Denver International Airport’s Great Hall. Based on the findings in Denver, the union is calling for increased transparency in all of Ferrovial’s U.S. public infrastructure projects.
Key findings in the report:
- A judge in Barcelona has decided to try people associated with a kickbacks scheme in which Ferrovial allegedly paid money to influence the award of public contracts. Two Ferrovial executives face a sentence of 4.5 years in prison and a 10 million euro fine.
- Denver International Airport has not made public the bids and other documents associated with this project. In contrast, the Colorado Department of Transportation has released documents associated with bids for its public infrastructure projects.
Denver would be the first major U.S. airport terminal project for Ferrovial. Of Ferrovial’s four completed U.S. projects, two have filed for bankruptcy. In March 2016, Squire Patton Boggs reported that Ferrovial’s two bankruptcies were the only bankruptcies to have occurred in the U.S. public-private partnership (P3) sector in recent years.
UNITE HERE continues to monitor Ferrovial’s involvement and bids related to the following projects:
- Colorado Department of Transportation Central 70
- Los Angeles International Airport Automated People Mover System
- Northern Virginia I-66 Outside the Beltway project
- California High Speed Rail Construction Package 4
- Atlanta, Georgia I-285/SR 400
- Charlotte, North Carolina I-77 HOT Lanes
- Central Texas SH 130 Segments 5 and 6
The Airport Group is the policy and development arm of UNITE HERE, the union for airport food and retail employees. UNITE HERE has over 270,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, including 35,000 members in airport concessions and airline catering at 62 airports in North America.