Vigorous Debate Expected Between Top California Spokespeople For and Against Project Labor Agreements

2 October 14, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Eric Christen, executive director for the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, will face off against Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, in a radio debate on San Diego County’s Proposition A on Thursday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Eric Christen will be speaking in support of Proposition A (the position in support of fair and open competition, job creation, and protecting taxpayers) and Lorena Gonzalez will be speaking against Proposition A (the position in support of costly and discriminatory construction union monopolies).

Christen and Gonzalez are intellectual brawlers known for their hard-hitting positions and aggressive debating styles.  This debate promises to be quite entertaining as well as educational.

Proposition A, on the November 2 ballot, would prohibit San Diego County from entering into contracts that require construction companies to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) with unions.

The radio debate will be on KPBS: These Days with Maureen Cavanaugh.  You can listen on the radio on 89.5 FM or online at


Check out this video that breaks down Ms. Gonzalez’s misinformation:


Listen to a recording of the debate and read the comments here:

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2 Responses to Vigorous Debate Expected Between Top California Spokespeople For and Against Project Labor Agreements

Sue Seucits November 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

No the unions should do the work. I want to know when I go over a bridge, that it was built right.

BenBrubeck November 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

Sue, unions don’t have a monopoly on quality and safety. For example, the PLA and union craftsmen on Boston’s Big Dig didn’t prevent ceiling panels from falling down and killing a motorist. It didn’t stop thousands of leaks from springing in one of the tunnels either.

Learn more here:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined three construction companies and 14 site contractors a total of $16.6 million following a gas explosion during the construction of the Kleen energy Plant in Middletown, CT, that killed 6 workers and injured 30 people Feb. 7, 2010. The project was built under a PLA and used union labor.
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Construction is a dangerous industry. There is no government or private data that suggests union and/or PLA jobsites are safer than non-PLA and mixed or open shop jobsites.

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