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Nonunion Reps To Sue City Over Convention Center Expansion Deal

A group representing nonunion construction firms announced today it will sue the city of San Diego in order to publicly unveil terms of a deal with labor on the convention center expansion project.

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The deck on the San Diego Convention Center.

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction says the city and project contractor Clark Construction have rebuffed efforts to release details of the agreement.

"We're going to get that union Project Labor Agreement, expose it to the public, and make every schemer involved with this union sweetheart deal accountable for breaking the law,'' said Eric Christen, the executive director of the coalition.

He contends the deal is a violation of Proposition A, which San Diegans passed last June to prevent the city from requiring project labor agreements for municipal construction.

At a news conference to announce the deal in November, backers of the project took pains to say the deal was not really a Project Labor Agreement.

Lorena Gonzalez, CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, said typical components of PLAs, like hiring practices and compensation, are being dealt with directly with the contractors, not the city.

She, then-Mayor Jerry Sanders and project manager Charles Black, said the convention center deals were about local hiring rules, worker safety and other contentious issues.

In exchange, unions dropped litigation over the project, ended their opposition to an environmental impact report and promised to express support for the expansion when it is considered by the labor-friendly California Coastal Commission.

The commission is the final regulatory hurdle the project has to clear.

Once construction begins, the work is expected to take about 33 months, according to Black.

Comments

Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | April 18, 2013 at 12:31 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Unions scheme, bend the rules, and ignore the will of the people... yet again.

They back-stab the people of San Diego, drop environmental concerns, and promise to support the project in front of the Coastal Commission so long as they get their lucrative union-only deals hatched in smoke-filled rooms hidden from public view.

Non-union workers are the REAL WORKERS and the BACKBONE of San Diego!
We support you!

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 19, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Unions are no longer necessary now that we have wage and labor laws. The real reason unions exist is to fund leftist political campaigns and further the leftist agenda in this country.

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