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  • Jan. 24, 2017

Construction Unions Use Government to Monopolize Silicon Valley Public Works Contracts


Unions are demanding Project Labor Agreements for construction projects in the City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara. On January 23, 2017, a representative of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction was at the first meeting of the City of San Jose's Community Workforce Agreements/Project Labor Agreement (CWA/PLA) Task Force. He spoke against a Project Labor Agreement proposed for future city contracts.

See the agenda here: Community Workforce Agreements/Project Labor Agreement (CWA/PLA) Task Force

See the background material here: Background Memoranda for Community Workforce Agreements/Project Labor Agreement(CWA/PLA) Task Force

Meanwhile, on January 24, 2017 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a policy to require construction contractors for the next five years to sign a standard Project Labor Agreement to work on projects costing more than $2 million.

See the agenda item here: Approve County-wide Project Labor Agreement with Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building and Construction Trades Council

See the Project Labor Agreement here:  Santa Clara County Project Labor Agreement 


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