• March 15, 2021

Obscure Sanitation District Considers Project Labor Agreement - Former California Legislator Is On the Board

The Midway City Sanitary District Board of Directors has an scheduled on its March 16, 2021 meeting agenda for "Discussion and Consideration of Negotiation of Community Workforce Agreement with Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council for District Addition and Remodel Project."

No further information is provided to the ratepayers of this district or the general public about what's going on at this local government, which provides sewer and waste management services for the City of Westminster and unincorporated Orange County area known as Midway City.

It is notable that a newly-elected board member is Tyler Diep, who often supported the construction union agenda as a member of the California State Assembly.

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction has sent two emails to the district to find out more information about this plot for a Project Labor Agreement. See below.

Subject: Please send PLA Related Info from Board Packet ASAP
Date: March 15, 2021 at 2:09:06 PM PDT

Dear Midway City Sanitation District:

Please IMMEDIATELY email me the complete agenda packet for tomorrow night’s board meeting (March 16, 2021). Numerous people in the construction industry, business groups, and ratepayer advocacy associations want to know everything there is to know about your planned Project Labor Agreement/Community Workforce Agreement.

Eric Christen
Executive Director
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction

Subject: Why are you voting on a discriminatory Project Labor Agreement (PLA) tomorrow? Ratepayers Did Not Know About Item 9B on Your March 16 Meeting Agenda. But They Soon Will.

Date: March 15, 2021 at 2:09:06 PM PDT

Dear Midway City Sanitation District Board of Directors:

We did not know your agency was about to require construction companies to sign a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with labor unions as a condition of working on future district contracts. It’s Item #9B on your March 16, 2021 meeting agenda.

Well, in a few hours many ratepayers in your district will find out about it!

These “Project Labor Agreements” (disguised in your March 16, 2021 meeting agenda as a “Community Workforce Agreement”) are highly controversial, as you might guess. A lot of people don’t like governments depriving workers of freedom of affiliation with private organizations. They are banned in 25 states and 11 entities in California including Orange County.

Set aside the issue of whether or not sanitation district governing boards should interfere in the employer-employee relationship of businesses. Why would you want to impose a bid requirement that would likely cut competition for your projects and increase costs for your ratepayers?

Have your past construction projects been such fiscal disasters that you need construction trade unions to intervene through a contract negotiated with the district? If so, your constituents might be interested to learn about those project failures.

As you deliberate the reasons for mandating a Project Labor Agreement on your local construction companies, we will be taking a record of which past projects you cite as failures, research them to determine responsibility, and then inform district ratepayers.

In the meantime, you may want to consider pulling this item from your March 16, 2021 meeting agenda. Use that time to consider reviewing the data we have attached that helps to explain why PLA are a disaster created solely to benefit big labor special interests, who represent less than 15% of the construction industry.

Eric Christen
Executive Director
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction


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