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Proposition A Wins Big

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Aired 11/3/10

Nearly three-quarters of San Diego County voters cast their ballot in favor of Proposition A Tuesday. The measure will add a permanent ban on project labor agreements to the county charter.

— Nearly three-quarters of San Diego County voters cast their ballot in favor of Proposition A Tuesday. The measure will add a permanent ban on project labor agreements to the county charter.

Special Feature ELECTION RESULTS 2010

November 2010 Election Results

Proposition A is the third ban on project labor agreements passed by San Diego region voters this year. The county joins Oceanside and Chula Vista in prohibiting the agreements that set base pay and benefits for workers on specific construction projects before they are put out for bid.

Supporters argued the agreements drive up costs on taxpayer-funded construction projects by forcing non-union contractors to operate like unionized companies.

“If you’re a non-union company and you win a bid under a PLA, you can use your workers,” Scott Crosby, president of the San Diego Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, told KPBS earlier this month. “But you have to sign them up through a union hiring hall and start paying benefits into their pension funds.”

Lorena Gonzalez, secretary treasurer of San Diego’s Labor Council, said project labor agreements have only ever been used on large, complex public projects, like Petco Park for example. She said banning them will undermine hard-fought protections for workers.

“I think it benefits all of us when there are rules in place,” said Gonzalez. "When everyone understands those rules. When workers are protected, where we require local hires, when we (give health-care incentives) to workers, all of us are made better. The contractors are going to continue to fight that because it means less profits for them and that’s all they care about.”

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IAmATVJunkie | November 3, 2010 at 9:23 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Why is it that Americans find a way to vote against any law or ordinance that makes life a little better for someone else who is not them?

Are we resigned to an existence where our first thought is "How can I make life a little worse for my fellow man?"

Are we that invested in making sure we're doing better than the next guy, even if that means throwing a wrench in his works?

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Taxi_Rob | November 3, 2010 at 3:42 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

I don't understand how offering health care to workers who are working on taxpayer funded projects administered by government employees who all have health care funded by taxpayers is somehow unfair. Can someone please clarify that for me?

Roberts and Horn have health care and pension benefits, why can't the people working on county contracts have them? The ABC contractors may offer benefits to some workers, but they are not required to, nor do they have to in order to become ABC members. PLAs keep weasels like that from shorting their employees the benefits that they deserve as much as ANYONE ELSE EMPLOYED BY THE COUNTY.

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bl2487 | November 14, 2010 at 8:01 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

here is the thing that you all dont seem to realize, all of the PLA jobs go to union companies and put people like me out of work because of non-union companies are not even aloud to bid on these jobs or have to change everything about how they work the job that it becomes a loss to the company, my company has health benifets and retirement plans available we just have to opt-in to these programs and that money gets taken out of our pay as it should be. having a pla job my cpompany has to pay almost double the labor costs it normaly does and the employees actually get a pay cut to get onto those jobs, that is what happened the last job i was on, but my health benifets did not change all i got was a little "Davis Bacon" account that i cant touch until im retired, my company just layed off more than half of the workers based in san diego due to lack of jobs since our retarded president re-established pla's because we cant get any jobs that will make money

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