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2016
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CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey’s Interlake Tunnel Project

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In August, the debate over funding for the $78.2 million Interlake Tunnel project in Monterey, California began to heat up. A $10 million state grant tied to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) hung in the balance. But last week, the county water resources agency staff recommended the Board of Supervisors accept the funding:

According to Rob Johnson, the county water agency assistant general manager, agency staff was concerned the grant funding would be limited to construction on the $78.2 million tunnel project…That would leave the agency short by millions of dollars needed to get to a tax assessment vote aimed at paying the project cost.

The PLA conversation pitted familiar sides against one another, with labor unions seeing the value in the hiring goals and worker protections associated with such an agreement, and contractors focusing on their own interests. Ultimately, state officials were able to ease the agency’s concerns. Now it appears that approval is imminent, according to the Monterey Herald:

The county water agency’s board of directors is set to consider approving and recommending the supervisors approve acceptance of the $10 million grant via SB 831…and enter into a grant agreement with the state Department of Water Resources to receive the money.

SB 831 was backed by state Sen. Bill Monning and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September.

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