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Give ’em Props: Building Trades Score Two Major Ballot Measure Victories on Election Night

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Construction unions scored a pair of victories in California last week when constituents voted YES on Proposition 51, a $9 billion school bond measure dedicated to the construction and modernization of schools and community colleges across the state. They also voted NO on Proposition 53, which would have required a statewide vote for every project funded by revenue bonds greater than $2 billion.

Voters approved Proposition 51 by a 54% margin. Robbie Hunter, President of the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, commented on the victory in a statement:

The Building Trades’ financial support of the measure was part of a broad coalition of education, business, and labor groups, especially Building Trades unions, in support.

[…] In addition to providing greatly needed new school facilities for California’s students, the measure will create good construction jobs throughout the state. An extensive network of project labor agreements with school districts in California assures that this work will go to the skilled and trained work force of the Building Trades.

Although Proposition 53 also went the building trades’ way, 48.6% YES to 51.4% NO.


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