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It’s Out in the Open: Project Labor Agreement a Costly Possibility for San Diego Convention Center Expansion

10 March 11, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC) held a press conference on February 22 to oppose the rumored plan to require contractors to sign a project labor agreement (PLA) to work on construction of the proposed $700 million San Diego Convention Center Expansion. Accompanied by more than 50 construction workers, the organization unveiled its […]


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 […]


The Inspiration for Proposition G in Chula Vista: San Diego Union Greenmail Against the San Diego Padres, Independent Power Companies, High Rise Developers, and Gaylord Entertainment

2 May 29, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

On May 27, KNSD Channel 7/39 News in San Diego (an NBC affiliate) showed a three-minute story on Proposition G, the voter initiative on the June 8 ballot in the City of Chula Vista to prohibit the city from entering into contracts that require contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs). The story was also […]


Construction Trades Seize Greenmail Advantage

0 April 30, 2010  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In an April 27 commentary titled, “Construction Trades Seize Greenmail Advantage with Vengeance,” published by The Daily Transcript in San Diego, former ABC San Diego chapter president George Hawkins reminds the public about one of Big Labor’s favorite tools for securing project labor agreements (PLAs) in California: greenmail. Here are the highlights: “Greenmail,” the idea of threatening to […]


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 […]