Unions and Friends Demand Repeal of Voter-Approved Ban on Project Labor Agreements in City of San Diego
California has changed in eight years. Unions, environmental organizations, and social justice groups have come together in a campaign to repeal Measure A, a prohibition on city-mandated Project Labor Agreements that 58% of San Diego voters approved in June 2012.
In a letter dated May 1, 2020, leaders of San Diego’s “progressive” leadership - including several individuals who once identified themselves as fiscal conservatives - called for a measure on the November 2020 ballot to repeal the Project Labor Agreement ban. In case there is any doubt about who wants this, the request was made on the letterhead of the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council. See the letter here: Sub-item K: Consideration of a ballot measure proposed by San Diego County’s Building Trade Unions regarding updating City contracting policies.
Thirteen days later, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the request will be considered by the Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council. See the agenda item here: May 13, 2020 Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council Meeting Agenda.
Also, see the union slide presentation for the agenda item: Protect State Infrastructure Funding For San Diego.
The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction expects the committee to give swift and easy approval of a recommendation to the city council to put it on the ballot. And we expect swift and easy approval of the city council to put it on the ballot. The unions want Project Labor Agreements.
You can already picture the union-funded, consultant-designed campaign mailers of black and white photos of haggard and hungry San Diego families - victims of the cruel and heartless Project Labor Agreement ban. Will voters be fooled?