Wednesday, November 3, 2010

San Diego County Voters Ban Project Labor Agreements

Voters in San Diego County, California voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to amend the county's charter to ban the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on county public works projects.

Project Labor Agreements are between a government agency and one or more labor unions and essentially provide that only union contractors may be used on a particular project.  Non-union contractors have criticized PLAs as being anti-competitive.  

Scott Crosby, the president of the San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors expressed his concern about PLAs:  "If you're a non-union company and you win a bid under a PLA, you can use your workers, but you have to sign them up through a union hiring hall and start paying benefits into their pension funds."

The San Diego vote follows the actions of Oceanside and Chula Vista, two Southern California cities, who have also banned PLAs. 

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