Strong Local Leadership, Unity and Cooperation = Workers Victory

September 28, 2011 - Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of two bills this week to kick start California’s construction economy was a landmark accomplishment that will bring good jobs to thousands of our brothers and sisters in the Building Trades.  It is the result of incredible leadership by local labor leaders, and unity and cooperation with all their affiliates, the environmental community and our political leaders.

The Governor signed AB 900, which establishes an expedited review process for projects the Governor designates as “leadership projects,” defined as projects creating high-wage jobs and meeting stringent environmental standards, by sending challenges directly to the California Court of Appeal for fast-track review; and SB 292, which designates the L.A. stadium project as a Leadership project built to strict environmental standards.  The Governor said the stadium project will create 12,000 badly needed construction jobs, and another 11,000 ongoing permanent jobs.

Robbie Hunter of the Los Angeles/Orange Building Trades along with many affiliates, Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, and Angie Wei of the California Labor Federation worked hard with State Building Trades advocates on this legislation every step of the way.  Their leadership and dedication to the cause of working people was unwavering, as they shepherded the bills through committees, and both houses of the Legislature, to the Governor’s desk.

We also worked closely with the environmental community, winning important support from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters by demonstrating that we can streamline regulations, strengthen our economy and get people working without sacrificing necessary environmental protections.  We also benefitted from strong relationships with our political leaders, including Speaker John Perez, Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg, and Governor Brown.

This effort of leadership, unity and cooperation, and positive outcome shows what accomplishments we can achieve when we work together.  

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