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Project labor agreements are bad business

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Oct 30, 2012

As you prepare to vote next week or fill in your vote-by-mail ballot, you should be aware of the implications of project labor agreements.

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Posted by John Hatch
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Yes I live in San Jose, but as member of laborers 270 I work all over the bay area, and it is likely that i will work on the one or more of the project that Tim mentioned. A lot of what he says is factually correct. Labor uses it's influence to ensure that large projects, especially public works project go to union workers. This definitely drives up project costs. Is this fair? look at the benefits. In area that have strong unions, ALL wages, union and nonunion are higher. Areas with strong unions have a Lower discrepency between the rich and the poor, (more middle class).Unions level the playing field, creating a means for the common working man to bargain for the value of his work. Most areas with strong unions have an overall higher standard of living for everyone. My union maintains a training facility nearby in San Ramon. The simple fact that union laborers are better trained and more experienced means that our projects are built to higher standard of excellence. I build bridges for a living. Do you want inexperienced workers doing that? Like many Union Laborers I 'graduated' to union work as I gained experience over the years. I have earned the right to support a family and have a home here in the bay area. UNion workers a Local workers and wages paid to us go es back into the local economy, not disappearing into the pockets of nonunion out-of-state contractors and their imported workers.

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I agree John Hatch.

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Posted by sknywench
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

sknywench is a registered user.

I agree with Mr. Hunt. I totally disagree with the previous two commentors. I apologize if I am incorrect, but I believe at least one of the preceding commentators is a well known member of the local fire fighters union (?). I think its relevant and appropriate that a commentator would make that known if they state non union work is essentially inferior due to a lack of membership.
Firstly, the degree of regulations, including regular compliance inspectors at the State, Federal and local levels make it impossible to say correctly that union workmanship is superior to non-union workmanship. Union membership does NOT prevent faulty work nor keep a construction defect lawsuit away. It just means there will be more money or juice to defend a union member because the union extracts money from its membership for such things as well as high power attorneys to negotiate their ever increasing lucrative compensation packages.
I used to think it was wonderful that we live in a Country where we have the freedom of choices. But I see unions now as the biggest special interest group with powerful lobbyists that will eliminate competition and we will all be paying for exploding public sector and union benefits. In the interest of disclosure, I am a Democrat and a former Calpers (public sector) employee. Needless to say, Im voting YES on 32. What's next. . . requiring my private sector employer to automatically deduct money from my paycheck for the church I attend.

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