Election Gains for California Unions in 2012 Drive Push for Project Labor Agreements

By Kevin Dayton
The explosion of Project Labor Agreements on government projects in California since the November 6 elections is not surprising to long-time observers of labor union initiatives at local governments. In the six months after the November 2008 Presidential Election, emboldened and confident construction trade unions won Project Labor Agreements at eleven local governments in California. It...

TAGS: California high speed rail, California High-Speed Rail Authority, City of San Diego, Coast Community College District, Ohlone Community College District, Rancho Santiago Community College District, San Diego Convention Center Expansion, San Diego Unified School District, Solano Community College District, Sonoma County

Another Year Brings New Project Labor Agreements for Education Construction

By Kevin Dayton
Another year brings another rush of costly union construction monopolies to K-12 school districts and community college districts in California. Consider that voters in 2012 authorized 115 California educational districts to borrow a grand total of $15,266,651,190 ($15.3 billion) by selling bonds to investors, and you can see why schools are such an alluring target for special...

TAGS: 55% Approval for Bond Measures, Ohlone Community College District, Project Labor Agreements, Proposition 39 (2000), Solano Community College District

Tracking California’s November 2012 Elections Related to Labor Issues

By Kevin Dayton
California’s Proposition 32 is the country’s most high-profile election in November 2012 directly related to labor unions and labor policy issues. There are also several California local elections – particularly Measure V to enact a charter in the City of Costa Mesa – that will potentially strengthen or weaken union control of government. Here’s a summary of...

TAGS: Charter Cities, City of Costa Mesa - Measure V, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Measuring the Cost of Project Labor Agreements on School Construction in California, Project Labor Agreements, Prop. 32, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, San Diego Unified School District, Solano Community College District, West Contra Costa Unified School District