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Dec
2011
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$287 Million Modernization Effort Will Be Undertaken by Union Construction Workers in NorCal



The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) spend a lot of their time and money bashing Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and spreading misinformation propaganda about the value of union construction workers. Case in point, the ABC’s recent claim that the Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building Trades Council will bankrupt taxpayers and slow down large work projects.

But not everybody swoons at the sight of an ABC talking point. Despite the big lobby’s pleas to San Jose/ Evergreen Community College, the school’s chancellor Dr. Rita Cepeda has decided that a PLA is what’s best for her school. She has signed a PLA extension to cover $287 million in modernization projects. Neil Struthers of the Santa Clara & San Benito Building Trades Council stated the following in an email communication:

Dr. Rita Cepeda, the new Chancellor of San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) understood the value of working with the Building Trades and witnessed the value that skilled Union construction hands and their contractors brought to projects being done under their existing bond measure (covered by a Building Trades PLA). So did her Board who voted 7-0 to extend their previous PLA to cover their new bond measure.

The SJECCD has no qualms about the quality track record previous PLAs have established.

Board President Ron Lind summed up the sentiment of the Board when he said “When we signed the PLA for our first bond measure we were told by the ABC that contractors wouldn’t bid and that costs would increase…however our experience was just the opposite. Approving a PLA for this bond is not only the right decision, but an easy one!” San Jose Evergreen Community College becomes yet another in a long list of repeat users of a PLA, once again undermining the ABC’s false claims against PLA’s!”

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