Big PLA Victory in San Jose; ABC Falsehoods Rejected

$287 Million, Thousands of Good Jobs

December 1, 2011 - In yet another defeat of the ABC's campaign of desperation and lies against PLAs, the Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building Trades Council, led by Chief Executive Officer Neil Struthers, has negotiated and signed a PLA extension for $287,000,000 in modernization work at the San Jose Evergreen Community College District.  The agreement is for the duration of the bond, and will result in thousands of good construction jobs for years to come.

Dr. Rita Cepeda, the new Chancellor of San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) understood the value of working with the Building Trades and witnessed the value that skilled Union construction hands and their contractors brought to projects being done under their existing bond measure (covered by a Building Trades PLA) So did the district board, which voted 7-0 to extend their previous PLA to cover their new bond measure. Board President Ron Lind summed up the sentiment of the Board when he said "When we signed the PLA for our first bond measure we were told by the ABC that contractors wouldn't bid and that costs would increase; however our experience was just the opposite. Approving a PLA for this bond is not only the right decision, but an easy one!"

San Jose Evergreen Community College becomes yet another in a long list of repeat users of a PLA, once again undermining the ABC's false claims against PLA's!

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