2010 Election

California Bills Designed to Turn Back the Will of the Voters Reach Gov. Jerry Brown’s Desk

1 September 19, 2011  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

With two of the three bills designed to kill California voters’ rebellion against project labor agreements (PLAs) reaching Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk on Friday afternoon, this is a good opportunity to again urge Gov. Brown to veto this obvious and appalling handout to Big Labor. This is also a good opportunity to review the numerous […]


Gov. Branstad Determined to Enforce Open Competition Executive Order on Cedar Rapids Convention Center Project

2 February 11, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s recent executive order to prohibit the use of wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements on construction projects funded by taxpayer dollars is facing its first real test. The Cedar Rapids City Council voted 5-4 on Tuesday, Feb. 8 to move forward with a PLA requirement for the construction of the city’s […]


San Diego Voters Have the Chance to End Taxpayer-funded Handouts

0 November 2, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

San Diego County voters have the chance to end taxpayer-funded handouts to Big Labor today, as Proposition A is on the ballot for voters to consider.  Proposition A would solidify a ban on government-mandated project labor agreements on county-supported projects. More information on Proposition A is available in our earlier posts. Also, check out ABC […]


San Diego’s Major Newspaper Reports on Proposition A to Prohibit Project Labor Agreements

0 October 27, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

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 […]


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 […]


New Billboard Tells Gov. Patrick to Halt the Assault on Taxpayers

1 October 4, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction

The Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has launched a new billboard telling Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to halt the assault on Massachusetts small business. In June, the UMass Building Authority approved a requirement that all construction contractors must enter into a wasteful project labor agreement (PLA) with Big Labor in order to […]


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 […]