Assembly Approves Legislation to Build North Fork Rancheria Casino
May 2, 2013 - Over 1,200 Construction Jobs! The Assembly today approved legislation to allow construction to start on the new North Fork Rancheria Casino in Madera County. This project will be built under an all-union project labor agreement with the Building Trades, and will create over 1,200 construction jobs and bring a total of 5,000 new jobs to the region.
Building Trades Legislative Director Cesar Diaz said the measure, Assembly Bill 277 by Assembly member Isadore Hall, D-Los Angeles, passed the Assembly by a 41-12 vote, the bare majority required. The measure ratifies a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians of California. Assembly member Hall said the PLA “ensures respectable wages for respected workers.”
With strong opposition from several special interest groups, the measure narrowly passed because of a unified and energetic team effort by State Building Trades legislative advocates, along with the Fresno/Madera/Tulare/Kings Building Trades Council, and President Bob Jennings among other advocates for local affiliates. The measure now moves to the Senate.
This was a close, hard fought, down to the wire vote. Please see the attached voting list. If your local legislator voted for the bill, express your thanks. If your legislator voted no or abstained, please call and ask why. This battle is only half-over. We will need every pro-labor vote to win passage in the Senate.
All Building Trades affiliates that have a relationship with members of the California Senate, please contact them and ask for their support for the North Fork Rancheria casino in Madera County. We should support this project, and support our brothers and sisters in the Central Valley.
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