Triumphant Day for Building Trades: Three Votes, Three New PLAs
November 19, 2015 - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 was a historically triumphant day for California Building Trades workers, as three different governmental bodies in three different regions of the state, each without a single dissenting vote, all chose to enter into project labor agreements with their regional Building Trades councils. On that day:
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Boardvoted to negotiate a PLA with the San Diego Building Trades Council for construction funded by Proposition V, a $398 million bond measure approved by district voters in 2012. This vote came despite heavy pressure from the ABC and other anti-union groups, even threatening to pursue a recall against one of the board members.
The Berryessa Union School District Board of Trusteesin San Jose voted to enter into a PLA with the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building Trades Council for construction funded by Measure L, a $72 million bond issue approved by district voters in 2014.
The Stockton City Councilunanimously approved a measure to pursue a PLA with the San Joaquin, Calaveras, Alpine Counties Building Trades Council for all city projects valued at $1 million or more. Building Trades advocates overcame strong ABC opposition to this PLA.
SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: “Clearly, elected officials across California have figured out that PLAs work. In each case, the overwhelming, determined, and unified efforts of our workers and unions delivered the message and made the difference. The result will be great jobs for more Building Trades workers, the best value for taxpayers, and the best quality projects for citizens of these areas. These PLAs also guarantee local hiring, of great importance to areas that have been economically depressed.”
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