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The Truth About Taxpayer Funded State University “Labor Institutes”

0 August 31, 2009  School Construction, Uncategorized

Most of the academic “studies” published in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are produced by state university “labor institutes” with close connections to labor unions and convenient funding from taxpayers. One of the most notorious is the University of California Labor Institute, established in 2000 at the behest of the California Labor Federation. This taxpayer-funded propaganda mill has produced two phony studies in support of PLAs….


Local Ballot Initiatives in California Will Protect Fair and Open Competition for Taxpayers: Voters Decide on June 8

0 May 24, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The San Diego Union-Tribune, the highest circulated daily newspaper in the San Diego metropolitan area, has endorsed Measure K, which asks Oceanside voters to adopt a charter that includes a ban on project labor agreement (PLA) requirements in city contracts. It also allows the city to establish its own prevailing wage policy for purely municipal projects. Finally, it prohibits unions from withdrawing money from city employees’ paychecks for poli…


ABC Chapter President: “Come Out and Say” the Real Reason for Opposing Fair and Open Competition

2 April 12, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…uched on political capstones. [snip] ABC Government Affairs Director Kevin Dayton went ahead and answered Crosby’s rhetorical question. “I think we all know what this is ultimately about,” said Dayton. “Everyone is desperate for construction work right now. The unions need to serve their members and the way they’re doing it is to try and guarantee work for them…there’s only one group that’s really benefiting from these, and that’s unions.” It seem…


Sacramento Newspaper Explains Project Labor Agreements as Signature Collection Continues for Fair and Open Competition Ballot Measures

0 August 19, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…s comments from two local elected officials, a local contractor, and Kevin Dayton, a blogger and the State Government Affairs Director of Associated Builders and Contractors of California. The article includes yet another illustration to be added to the collection at the California Museum of Project Labor Agreement Artwork, soon to open in a small gallery in Berkeley. Illustration by Jason Crosby, courtesy of The Sacramen…


Bill to End Union Abuse of Environmental Laws Fails in California Assembly Committee

0 January 11, 2012  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

…behalf of the sponsor, ABC of California Government Affairs Director Kevin Dayton discussed how certain construction trade unions abuse CEQA as a weapon to delay projects until the owner agrees to require contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with unions. The Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA) and the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara were the other public supporters of the bill. Assemblywoman Linda Ha…


California Governor Jerry Brown Will Decide Fate of Local Voter Rebellions Against Project Labor Agreements

0 September 15, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The California legislature has approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown three bills that construction union lobbyists are demanding in their quest to use the power of government to gain greater control over taxpayer-funded construction projects. These are Senate Bill 922, Assembly Bill 436, and Senate Bill 790. Receiving the most attention is Senate Bill 922, a bill created on September 2 as a “gut and amend” bill and authored by the Assembly Sp…


San Diego County Voters Will Have Chance to Ban PLAs on County Construction Projects

0 September 8, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on July 13 to “put the people in charge” and “give voters a voice” by placing a measure (now designated as Proposition A) on the November 2 ballot that would amend the county’s charter to prohibit the county from entering into contracts that require contractors to sign project labor agreements with construction unions. This measure will ensure that San Diego County taxpayers get the best quality con…


Merit Shop Associations Make Wasteful School District Accountable to Voters

0 May 25, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

For the first time, the Merit Shop in California is making a serious investment to oppose a campaign to pass a local school bond initiative. The board of trustees of the Concord-based Mt. Diablo Unified School District plopped a $348 million bond measure (Measure C) on the June 8 ballot, apparently without expecting any serious opposition. They were wrong! The Golden Gate Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Western Electrica…

READ MORE Radio Appearance on Greenmail and Project Labor Agreements in California

0 November 4, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

… covered this story here, here and here last week and Kevin Dayton wrote an interesting piece about it for The Fox and Hounds Daily blog (“What Budget Crisis? Greenmailing The Northern California Power Agency,” 10/29). This broadcast can be heard on the radio from Chico to Merced in the Central Valley and even in some parts of the East Bay and North Bay. You can also listen to this broadcast by visitng the web site below and clickin…


Minority Contractors Association in Portland, Oregon to Host PLA Forum

1 January 25, 2011  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

…articipate in a panel discussion on “Project Labor Agreements & Public Projects: Understanding The Public Interest.” Mike Salsgiver of the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter, Ben Guzman of Laborers Union (LIUNA) Local No. 320, and blogger Kevin Dayton of Associated Builders and Contractors of California will participate in a panel discussion on “Project Labor Agreements & Impact on Small Businesses.” I…