Governor Brown Signs Four More Important SBCTC Bills at 2015 Signing Deadline

October 13, 2015 - Governor Jerry Brown signed four more SBCTC-sponsored measures in the final moments before this year’s signing deadline this past weekend, capping another spectacularly successful year in which we sponsored eight bills, seven of which were signed into law. Once again, the unity, political participation, and energy of our trades and members have made a crucial difference for California.

Bills signed at the deadline were:

Assembly Bill 219 (Daly) – Closes a loophole in order to provide prevailing wage to all drivers of ready-mixed concrete on public works projects, whether employed by the contractor on the project or by the concrete manufacturer.

Assembly Bill 852 (Burke) – Requires prevailing wage for the construction of hospitals that receive tax-exempt conduit bond financing.

Assembly Bill 1358 (Dababneh) – Improving design-build construction for school districts through skilled and trained workforce requirements. These requirements will drive both general contractors and subcontractors to become signatory with individual trades. The bill also provides incentives for projects to negotiate project labor agreements.

Assembly Bill 1341 (Gomez) – Provides for job-order contracting for school districts only if they adopt stringent labor standards that include entering into project labor agreements for such work.

SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: “This has been another great year for the Building Trades. Our package of bills serves to provide decent wages and conditions for workers, a fair competitive level playing field for our contractors, supports and strengthens our apprenticeships, and ensures that California’s public works projects are built with a streamlined, skilled and trained workforce, providing the best possible quality and value for the public’s tax dollars.”

We will soon provide a fact sheet with information on each of these bills so that affiliates and councils are fully informed on these new laws.

An upcoming major policy priority will be transportation funding, and we look forward to joining with our affiliates to work with the Governor and Legislature to achieve the best possible result.

For more information, or for any questions, contact Building Trades legislative advocates Cesar Diaz or Jeremy Smith at 916-443-3302, or by email at cesar@sbctc.org or jsmith@sbctc.org.

 

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