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2016
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PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School board member Judi Honeychurch has championed the PLA (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School board member Judi Honeychurch has championed the PLA (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)


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This summer, voters in Fairfield, California approved Measure J, a $249 million bond for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. This week, after much handwringing, the board of trustees agreed to put a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in place for all construction work funded by the measure:

Trustees [met] with supporters and critics of project labor agreements for building paid for with Measure J funds, the $249 million bond voters approved in June.

Phil Henderson, an attorney for the school district, reviewed project labor agreements at the school board’s Aug. 25 meeting.

The trustees hosted a “study session,” where they invited interested parties from the community to come and speak about PLAs:

The special study session held by the school board started with statements by labor pact supporters including James Reid, a journeyman carpenter who said they have helped him immensely.

Danny Bernardini, business manager for Napa Solano Building Trades, followed with a presentation to the school board.

Ultimately, the trustees approved the use of a PLA by a margin of 5-1:

Judi Honeychurch, president of the board of trustees, said the decision came down to whether you believe in unions, protecting workers and “looking out for the little guy.”

Fairfield resident, longtime union carpenter, and building inspector Ric Write added, “A non-union job is an inspector’s worst nightmare.”

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