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  • March 19, 2019

Long Coveted by Unions for Monopoly Control, City of Anaheim May Require Contractors to Sign Project Labor Agreements with Unions


The Anaheim City Council is scheduled on March 19, 2019 to vote on directing city staff to initiate negotiations with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council for a Project Labor Agreement. Construction companies would be required to sign this Project Labor Agreement as a condition of working on future city construction contracts.

See the agenda item: Receive Community Workforce Agreement Overview

The City of Anaheim has not negotiated Project Labor Agreements for any city contracts, but in 2015 an expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center Expansion was built "under an all-union Project Labor Agreement between Turner Construction and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council." See union officials gloat about this monopoly at All-Union Anaheim Convention Expansion Breaks Ground and Trades Open Anaheim Convention Center North. Unions also pressured Disneyland hotel developers seeking tax subsidies from the City of Anaheim to sign Project Labor Agreements.

For several years, opponents of Project Labor Agreements have watched union-backed politicians gain majority control of many Orange County local governments and start requiring contractors to sign union agreements. It was an early sign that the voters in Orange County were shifting to the Left in support of government coercing workers into collective arrangements with employers. See Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists by Kevin Dayton, posted on the Flash Report website on March 10, 2013.

Unfortunately, six years later, the pugnacious defense has faded and California's free market activists are fleeing the state. Orange County has turned from "Red" to "Blue" and every new Project Labor Agreement sucks additional dues, fees, and other employer payments into the Blue political machine.

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