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Labor Groups Launch Campaign Against Chula Vista’s Prop G

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Aired 4/9/10

San Diego labor groups have launched a campaign to defeat an initiative that will affect who gets jobs in major construction projects in Chula Vista. Proposition G on the June Ballot would ban so-called “project labor agreements.”

San Diego labor groups have launched a campaign to defeat an initiative that will influence who gets jobs in major construction projects in Chula Vista. Proposition G on the June Ballot would ban so-called “project labor agreements.”

The initiative brings to Chula Vista a battle that is being waged up and down the state: whether to ban agreements on publicly funded projects that favor contracts with firms that hire workers with union scale wages and benefits.

Lorena Gonzales of San Diego’s Labor Council says one big benefit of project labor agreements is they guarantee that jobs go to local workers.

“A project labor agreement is the only way to ensure legally that workers from a certain community are hired,” said Gonzales.

Critics of the initiative say the campaign to ban project labor agreements is being mounted by contractors from out of town who want access to lucrative public works projects in San Diego.

Scott Crosby is with the Associated Builders and Contractors. He says 85 percent of workers are non-union workers and they should be allowed to compete on projects.

“Those that support fair and open competition want everyone to work on a construction project. We all simply want a level playing field,” said Crosby.

Congressman Bob Filner says the way that the initiative is worded could cause problems with federal and state contracts.

Chula Vista hopes to see major construction on their bay front in the near future.

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Doug555 | April 9, 2010 at 10:31 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

The initiative allows all contractors and workers the equal right to compete for publicly funded construction jobs without having to be a union member, go through a union hiring hall, or pay into union benefit programs. It has nothing to do with wage and benefits, and everything to do with the right of all workers to choose whether or not to join a union in order to have the right to work on a publicly funded constructed project. The union's have launched their opposition campaign to distort the initiative and mislead the public. I challenge Congressman Filner to identify how this measure will cause problems with federal and state contracts, because it won't unless he is advocating federal and state publicly funded construction projects should exclude contractors and workers who do not want to pay into union dues and benefit programs. Politicians kowtowing to labor unions is why California's unemployment rate is higher than the national average, and is deep in debt with the nation's lowest credit rating and third highest level of taxation.

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saythetruth | April 27, 2010 at 4:35 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

If you knew something about construction and construction work you will find out that all construction companies, union or non-union have an opportunities to bid on jobs. I worked for many years in the construction business and I went to all the cities around San Diego County getting a bid package and putting in a bid for those projects including projects in Chula Vista. I believe that people that are talking in favor of Prop G to have a clue of what they're talking about. The title "Fair and Open Comaptition" sounds great, heck, if I didn't know what's about it I would probably fall for it. I worked for non-union companies and believe me, wages are minimum and no benefits, what is that going to do for Chula Vista? More Medicare petitions, food stamps, etc. that's where your tax dollars go when non-union construction companies get to perform work. So, If you have not made up your mind on Prop G I would really think about where your tax dollars are going. Are they really staying locally or are your tax dollars are going back to Sacramento to help fund for the services that the State offer to poverty level paid employees. If you live in Chula Vista by the way, you know that you cannot even rent a studio when you are only earning minimum wage. One last thing, construction is semi-seasonal, if it rains, you don't work, if you don't work, you don't get paid.

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