“When public projects are delayed and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this theory, just remember that the ABC and other entities put you in this position.”
Last month, the residents of San Diego voted on and passed Prop A, a measure that bans Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and was vigorously defended/funded by ‘the ALEC of the construction industry,’ The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Now, Scott Strawbridge — employer representative of the California Industry Labor Management Trust Fund — has taken to the pages of the San Diego Union-Tribune to help readers understand how unnecessary and costly this battle has been:
I am extremely disappointed by the ABC and certain elements in San Diego resorting to name-calling and “union bashing” upon their victory. Passion for your position is appropriate but can go too far. It’s OK to disagree, but this goes beyond disagreement.
The California Legislature has passed legislation regarding PLAs that will negatively impact future public construction projects in San Diego as a result of Prop A passing.
The ABC and others convinced the voters that this new legislation is unconstitutional. Because of this action, San Diego will now be mired in legal action trying to defend this position. I cannot believe the San Diego voters want their tax dollars spent defending this position. The city of San Diego has never chosen to use a PLA on its projects. Now tax dollars will be spent defending a ban on PLAs that have never been used.
When public projects are delayed and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this theory, just remember that the ABC and other entities put you in this position.
To be sure, San Diego will lose money on the legal fallout of this debacle. To make matters worse, they’ll also be unable to accept other money from the state that would have gone to new construction projects.