The October 26, 2010 San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the issues concerning Proposition A, a measure on the November 2, 2010 ballot that would amend the charter (constitution) of San Diego County to prohibit the county from entering into contracts that require its construction contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) with construction unions. The article reports on the proposition in the larger context of a national movement to ban project labor agreements:
A local proposition on next Tuesday’s ballots pits nonunion contractors against unions in a contest that is being watched across the country as a possible model for preventing governments from entering into labor-friendly agreements…Scott Crosby, the president of the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego chapter, said people across the country are watching to see what happens with the Proposition A, and that if it passes, contractors elsewhere will work to pass similar measures…Barton Hacker, the president of the association’s Los Angeles/Ventura chapter, said the measure came up recently when he was at the Associated Builders and Contractors headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area.
In June 2010, voters in the San Diego County cities of Chula Vista and Oceanside approved ballot measures to prohibit their cities from entering into contracts that require construction contractors to sign project labor agreements with construction unions. Project labor agreement prohibitions are also in place in Orange County, Placer County, and the City of Fresno. If you are considering a measure to prohibit your state and local governments from entering into contracts that require their construction contractors to sign Project Labor Agreements with construction unions, see the text of these prohibitions here.