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Kevin Dayton: Project Labor Agreement is Costly Sellout to Union

0 August 6, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…hout any accountability. Read the full op-ed here or after the jump. Kevin Dayton: Project Labor Agreement is costly sellout to unions East County Times Posted: 08/05/2009 02:21:03 PM PDT Updated: 08/05/2009 02:21:03 PM PDT THREE OF THE FIVE Brentwood City Council members voted on June 18 to require all construction contractors to sign a costly union Project Labor Agreement to build the $65 million Brentwood Civic Center. Associated Builders and C…


Sacramento’s KTKZ AM 1380 with Kevin Dayton

0 October 15, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized contributor Kevin Dayton was on “Capitol Hour with Eric Hogue,” a radio talk show on KTKZ AM 1380 out of Sacramento, to discuss project labor agreements (PLAs) and the University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program. The segment was outstanding and hit on both the problems with PLAs and also the pro-PLA propaganda coming from several academic institutions in California and around the nation. The Segment is available…


Strong Opposition Quickly Emerges to Union-Backed California Bills Suppressing Local Project Labor Agreement Bans

1 September 9, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…friendly agreements – San Diego Union-Tribune – September 7, 2011 3. Kevin Dayton: Construction Unions Set Up State Legislature to Crush Fair and Open Competition Policies at Local Governments – (op-ed) – September 7, 2011 4. Union Bias – Riverside Press-Enterprise (editorial) – September 8, 2011 5. Legislature’s Rhetoric on Jobs is Empty – San Diego Union-Tribune (editorial) – September 8, 2011 6. Labor bills introduced as ses…


California Supreme Court Sides with Charter Cities on Prevailing Wage; Decision Could Impact Local PLA Neutrality Laws

1 July 26, 2012  State & Local Construction

…, we hope the state government will recognize the spirit of the Vista decision and let charter cities make their own determinations when it comes to public procurement. Kevin Dayton is President and CEO of Labor Issues Solutions, LLC in California. See the Dayton Public Policy Institute web site at  …


The Fresno Bee Calls on California Gov. Jerry Brown to Lead in Reforming Environmental Law used to Exploit Construction Owners

1 August 6, 2012  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

…Wilson, and Gray Davis calling for “modernization” of CEQA: “Keep California Green and Golden with CEQA Reforms” – San Diego Union-Tribune – July 12, 2012. Read more of Kevin’s Dayton’s writing on the Dayton Public Policy Institute’s website at This post is cross-posted here….


Los Angeles Times Exposes How Unions Misuse Environmental Laws to Block Solar Projects and Extract Project Labor Agreements

2 February 6, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

An article in today’s Los Angeles Times (“Labor Coalition’s Tactics on Renewable Energy Projects Are Criticized” February 5, 2011) exposes how a union front group called California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) has exploited environmental laws to block permits for solar thermal power plants until the developers sign project labor agreements. Objecting to this environmental permit extortion (also known as “greenmail”) of California Unions for…


San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Votes 3-0 to Reject Union Appeal of Solar Project

0 February 9, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…ns a labor agreement, the opposition to the project disappears, said Kevin Dayton, state government affairs director for Associated Builders and Contractors of California. Dayton said that labor unions are the biggest obstacle to solar projects in California because of their attempts to get project developers to sign labor agreements. He said that he hoped that Gov. Jerry Brown would amend CEQA in order to keep labor unions from blocking solar pro…


Done Deal: Unions Will Control Construction on California High-Speed Rail with Project Labor Agreements

1 December 16, 2012  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

…hat will end up requiring perpetual taxpayer funding. Obviously there are some powerful special interests aligned with “progressive” true believers of high-speed rail seeking that perpetual taxpayer funding. Kevin Dayton is the President and CEO of Labor Issues Solutions, LLC and is the author of frequent postings about generally unreported California state and local policy issues at….


California: Brentwood City Council Approves PLA on Civic Center

1 June 23, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…commentary in the local paper from contributor Kevin Dayton (“Union only agreement will cost taxpayers,” 5/19). Your Brentwood City Council plans to build a $75 million local government complex. The prospect of an expensive public works project at a time when the economic outlook is grim has brought powerful special interest groups to town. Construction union officials have left their established bases of power at the Contra…


California’s Environmental Laws: A Weapon to Crush Potential Competition and Extort Developers

2 November 16, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Legal exploitation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for purposes unrelated to environmental protection continues unabated throughout California, according to an article in the November 14 Los Angeles Times (“Firms Turning to Environmental Law to Combat Rivals”). This news is 25 years old, but it’s always good to see the news media remind people about the practice whenever a newly outrageous example erupts. Not surprisingly, the…