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Proposition G Sets Precedent

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Aired 6/10/10

Voters in Chula Vista have passed an Initiative that will affect competition for construction jobs in the South Bay.

Voters in Chula Vista have passed an Initiative that will affect competition for construction jobs in the South Bay.

Labor fought Proposition G vigorously, while Chambers of Commerce and taxpayer groups supported it. The measure changes the way the city can contract out construction work.

Scott Crosby is with the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national group which sponsored the measure. He says Chula Vista voters have set a precedent.

“This was the first vote of the people in the entire nations." Crosby said, "This isn’t about unions, this isn’t about non unions, this is about providing the best quality at the best price and everyone has the right to work

Evan McLaughlin of San Diego’s Labor Council says the result may be that unions are effectively excluded from contracts.

“The ball is in the city’s court about how to implement this.” McLaughlin said, “If they interpret this to ban the city from hiring union members from public works projects, then we would obviously not stand on the sidelines.”

Chula Vista hopes to embark on major construction on its Bayfront. The city of San Diego has big plans too. San Diego residents will likely vote on a similar measure in November. Councilman Cark DeMaio says he has collected enough signatures to put it on the city’s ballot.

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