20 in 2010

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 […]


Momentum Builds for Passage of Proposition A in San Diego County

0 October 11, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

San Diego County voters are preparing to vote YES on Proposition A, which would amend the county charter to prohibit the county government from entering into contracts that require construction companies to sign Project Labor Agreements with unions.  On October 9, the San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Proposition A “might be the easiest decision on […]


Candidates Opposed to Project Labor Agreements Win Key Endorsements in Riverside County, California

0 September 22, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper published an editorial (“3 for RCC,” 9/21/10) endorsing three candidates (two incumbents and a candidate running for an open seat) for the board of trustees of the Riverside Community College District, which serves residents of Riverside County, California.  The editorial explicitly connected its endorsements to the “fiscal sobriety”  of these three […]


Sacramento Publically-Owned Utility Lets Staff Make Key Contracting Decisions – Including PLA Mandates – with No Board or Ratepayer Scrutiny

1 September 3, 2010  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

Last night (September 2), the board of directors of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) had an unexpected and unscheduled hour-long inquiry into its contracting practices, including district mandates for contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) with unions in order to work on two specific large projects.  We learned that the elected board of […]


Chula Vista and Oceanside Reject Big Labor Handouts: Proposition G and Measure K Overwhelmingly Approved

2 June 9, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Voters in Chula Vista, Calif., and Oceanside, Calif., approved ballot initiatives that prohibit local entities from requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on city-funded construction projects.  Chula Vista and Oceanside join the City of Fresno, Orange County and San Diego County in prohibiting PLAs on locally funded work. These two initiatives mark the first time voters […]


Election Day in California

0 June 8, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Today, the citizens of Chula Vista and Oceanside, California will have an opportunity to vote on two measures – Proposition G in Chula Vista and Measure K in Oceanside – that will end the kind of backroom deals that leave taxpayers paying for four bridges, schools and roads for the price of five. As we […]