California Energy Commission

Big Labor Greenmails Northern California Agency Over Project Labor Agreement

1 October 30, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Some call it blackmail, but contractors and public utility commissions in California familiar with Big Labor’s underhanded tactic that forces developers to utilitze discriminatory and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) call it greenmail. It is why the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) staff and commission chairman (Lodi Mayor Larry Hansen) are desperate to have a PLA and […]


No Shame: Northern California Power Agency to Vote AGAIN on Union Construction Agreements for Power Plant

1 October 26, 2009  State & Local Construction

Why is the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) staff and commission chairman (Lodi Mayor Larry Hansen) so desperate to have a project labor agreement and 30-year maintenance labor agreement for the construction and maintenance of the Lodi Energy Center power plant?  Why are they so eager to make a $150,000 payoff to an affiliate of […]


Bizarre 3-3-5-9 Deadlocked Vote Preserves Fair and Open Bid Competition for Large California Power Plant

0 October 23, 2009  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

A popular political web site in California has posted a story by contributor Kevin Dayton about a bizarre vote in northern California on October 22 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) proposed to prevent California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) from blocking the approval of a power plant at the California Energy Commission. […]


Gaming the System: California’s Environmental Laws Are Pivotal to Unions Winning Project Labor Agreements from Private Developers

0 May 11, 2009  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In California, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are the primary tactic used by construction unions to gain market share in the industry.  And PLAs are not confined to public works projects.  Particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento area, the City of Los Angeles, and the San Diego area, private developers have been signing […]