Building Trades Take on Three Charter City Ballot Measures

November 5, 2014 -  Thanks to the united, energetic efforts of local building trades councils, three different charter city ballot measures—designed to avoid paying workers on municipal construction projects the prevailing wage—were all defeated Tuesday by overwhelming margins. In two of those cities, it was the second time voters rejected switching to a charter city, and both by larger margins than before. A summary of those results follows:

Escondido
Voters in Escondido rejected Proposition G by a margin of 63 to 37 percent, two years after defeating another measure by a 53 to 47 percent margin. Congratulations to the San Diego Building Trades Council and Business Manager Tom Lemmon for this outstanding result.

Costa Mesa
Voters in Costa Mesa rejected Measure O, also by a 63 to 37 percent margin, two years after defeating another measure by a 60 to 40 percent margin. Congratulations to the Los Angeles/Orange Building Trades Council and Executive Secretary Ron Miller for this victory.

Arroyo Grande
Voters in Arroyo Grande rejected Measure C by a whopping 71 to 29 percent margin.
Congratulations to the Tri-Counties Building Trades Council and Business Representative Tony Skinner for this decisive win.

SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: “These terrific results, combined with other charter cities—including Newport Beach, Mountain View and San Mateo—recently moving, as a result of State Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored Senate Bill 7, to enact measures to specify that prevailing wage will be paid on their projects—demonstrate without question that charter cities are in retreat, and this ploy to avoid paying prevailing wage to hard working construction workers is no longer effective.  Congratulations to all whose hard work has earned these victories for working people.”

 

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