Victories for the Building Trades: PLA Votes in Berkeley, Contra Costa

October 17, 2011 - Building Trades workers scored a pair of major victories last week with votes favoring PLAs in the Berkeley Unified School District and the Contra Costa Community College District.

In Berkeley, the school district board okayed PLAs for $190 million of construction work over the next five years. The funds are from Measure I, a property tax increase approved by Berkeley voters to fund school construction projects.

The Contra Costa Community College District board voted in favor of a policy to utilize PLAs on construction projects exceeding $2 million. The measure will return for a final vote on the policy at the board’s next meeting in November. A local news report on the debate noted the unified efforts of labor: “Unions packed the meeting room with workers wearing themed T-shirts, a prominent pro-labor lawyer and people who read letters of support from every single member of Congress and state legislator with constituents in the college district.”

Congratulations to the Alameda and Contra Costa building trades councils for their tremendous efforts on behalf of students, taxpayers, and working men and women.

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