Legislative & Political Action

Federal Court Upholds SB 54; SBCTC-Sponsored Refinery Safety Law

November 16, 2016 - In a decisive victory for public health and safety, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on November 15 upheld Senate Bill 54, sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council in 2013, which allows refineries in California to use outside contractors to perform onsite construction and maintenance work only if those contractors employ a skilled and trained workforce. (Read More)

California Building Trades Legislative Update

April 28, 2015 - On April 22, in various committees in the California State Assembly, State Building Trades representatives met direct opposition from contractors associations and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) lobbyists on six sponsored bills. In each committee, State Building Trades sponsored legislation moved forward, over the objection of the ABC's representatives. (Read More)

Newsday Article: Most States, US Government Have Prevailing Wage Laws

Building Trades, Working With Legislature and Governor, Make 2014 Another Productive Year

October 1, 2014 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills sponsored and supported by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), and sent to him by the Legislature, that make 2014 another highly productive year for California Building Trades workers that will benefit all Californians for years to come. (Read More)

Governor's Signatures Cap Strong Legislative Year for Building Trades

October 1, 2012 - The Building Trades' legislative agenda for 2012 focused on getting our people back to work, and increasing union workers' market share of new construction jobs. We shepherded a package of bills to achieve those goals through the Legislature. Governor Jerry Brown has signed most of the bills. However, due to the ongoing budget uncertainty, he did veto some bills that we hoped would enable local governments to replace dissolved Redevelopment Agencies as mechanisms for funding job-creating infrastructure projects. This outcome increases the urgency of passing the Governor's revenue measure, Proposition 30, at the polls in November. (Read More)

SBCTC-Backed Bill Encouraging Sustainable Development Passes Assembly

August 29, 2012 - The Assembly has approved legislation that would allow local governments to create "Sustainable Communities Investment Areas" to allow for sustainable, environmentally healthy development projects. SB 1156 by Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, passed by a 50-27 vote and moves next to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. (Read More)

Bill to Require Pre-Qualifications on School Construction Projects Passes Senate

August 28, 2012 - AB 1565 Co-Sponsored by Labor and Management - A bill to increase the quality of public school construction by requiring the pre-qualification of certain contractors on school construction projects was approved today by the State Senate on a 25-10 vote. (Read More)

California Democratic Party Opposes Proposition 32

July 31, 2012 - Thousands of Volunteers Will Spread the Truth - At its convention in Anaheim last weekend, the California Democratic Party voted to oppose Proposition 32, the special exemptions measure, on the November ballot. The party will make its resources and volunteers available to help workers fight the measure. Proposition 32 is an effort to silence workers at the polls by eliminating the right of unions to contribute to political campaigns. In an effort to make Proposition 32 appear more populist than it is, it also contains meaningless provisions purporting to restrict corporate spending, that actually do nothing of the sort. (Read More)

Primary Election Results Include Wins and Losses for Building Trades

June 6, 2012 - Focus Shifts to Crucial November Contests. The Building Trades scored some important wins, and also some disappointing losses, in this week's primary election. We cannot afford to either bask in our victories or dwell on our defeats, because the November election, now looming just five months away, will feature ballot measures and races for office that will be of paramount importance to our future. (Read More)

Pre-qualification Bill for School Construction Passes Assembly

May 30, 2012 - A Building Trades co-sponsored bill, AB 1565 by Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes, D-Arleta, to require pre-qualification of contractors on school construction projects, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 50-16, on a party line vote with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed. The bill, backed by labor and management and co-sponsored by the Building Trades, the California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the California Legislative Conference of the Plumbing, Heating and Piping Industry, now moves to the Senate. (Read More)

Important Bill Protecting PLAs Approved Passes Full Assembly

April 12, 2012 - An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the state Assembly by a 50-23 vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Senate Bill 829 by Senator Michael Rubio, D-Fresno, now moves to the Senate. (Read More)

Bad Anti-PLA Bill Defeated in Committee

April 12, 2012 - A bill that would have overturned the protections created last year for local governments to remain free to choose to enter PLAs for public works construction projects, was killed in a legislative committee this week, after strong opposition by Building Trades legislative advocates. (Read More)

SBCTC Legislative Advocacy Helps Kill Bill to End High Speed Rail Funding

January 10, 2012 - Testimony from Building Trades legislative advocates helped kill legislation in a Senate Committee today that would have stopped future state funding of the California High Speed Rail Project. The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee defeated SB 22 by Senator Doug LaMalfa on a party line vote, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. (Read More)

Building Trades Workers Win As Governor Brown Signs Bills

October 10, 2011 - As the October 9 deadline for the Governor to sign bills passed, it was clear that Building Trades workers did well in the Legislature in 2011, with Governor Jerry Brown having signed important Building Trades legislation. Gov. Brown signed strong pro-worker bills to prohibit local bans on project labor agreements, to streamline environmental review for a football stadium construction project without compromising CEQA, to protect and expand the right to earn prevailing wage, to increase the use of career technical vocation courses, to add accountability to the charter city conversion process, and to strengthen accountability for apprenticeship standards, among other things. (Read More)

Governor Signs SB 922 Local Bans on PLAs are Prohibited!

October 3, 2011 - Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed SB 922, the Building Trades backed bill to prohibit bans on Project Labor Agreements, authored by Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez. This result nullifies existing PLA bans in counties, general law cities, and special districts; will prohibit state funding for charter cities with PLA bans (Chula Vista and Oceanside), while rendering potential 2012 ballot measures to ban them in the city of San Diego and city and county of Sacramento moot. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs Building Trades Legislation AB 436

September 30, 2011 - Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 436 by Assemblymember Solorio (Santa Ana) and Senator Padilla (Pacoima), legislation sponsored by the State Building Trades to provide resources to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) for prevailing wage enforcement on state funded public works projects and design-build projects. (Read More)

Sinking Underground "The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction"

SB 854 Fact Sheet

SBCTC bills nearing the finish line

June 29, 2017 - With the Legislature's summer recess getting closer, the State Building and Construction and Trades Council of California is running strong with nearly a dozen bills that are moving towards enactment. (Read More)

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