2012 Bulletins

$850 Million PLA for San Jose-Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Project

January 3, 2012 - 5,000 Good Jobs on the Way! Over the objections and misrepresentations of the ABC and Eric Christen, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) approved, by a 9-1 vote, a PLA for the Fremont to San Jose BART extension. As expected, the ABC made its usual false claims about the cost and fairness of PLA's. It didn't work, as all but one board member saw through their dishonesty. (Read More)

Reimbursement May Be Available to JATCs for OSHA Training

January 3, 2012 - If your JATC currently has an ETP grant (on your own or through the State Building Trades/California Labor Fed Partnership), and you provide OSHA certification training, you may modify your contract to get reimbursed for this training. If you were ever thinking about applying for ETP funding, here's an opportunity to get reimbursed for even more of the training that you already provide. (Read More)

SBCTC Legislative Advocacy Helps Kill Bill to End High Speed Rail Funding

January 10, 2012 - Testimony from Building Trades legislative advocates helped kill legislation in a Senate Committee today that would have stopped future state funding of the California High Speed Rail Project. The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee defeated SB 22 by Senator Doug LaMalfa on a party line vote, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. (Read More)

More ABC Anti-Prevailing Wage Bills Killed by Senate Committee

January 12, 2012 - SBCTC Advocacy Effective Again
Just as an Assembly committee had done last week, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee Wednesday killed an effort by ABC to gut California’s prevailing wage laws (Read More)

Transportation Leader Praises PLA For Savings, Effectiveness

January 12, 2012 - In an opinion column he wrote for the San Jose Mercury News, Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, who is also the new chair of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, praised that agency's PLA with the Santa Clara and San Benito Building Trades Council for making the agency's Fremont to San Jose BART extension project more efficient and economical. Supervisor Yeager's comment could be an effective tool for persuading other local officials of the benefits of PLAs. (Read More)

Governor Brown Sends Right Message In State of State Speech

January 18, 2012 - SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth made the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown's state of the state speech today: "The State Building and Construction Trades Council applauds the efforts of Governor Brown to return California to its rightful prosperous state through critical construction projects such as high speed rail, renewable energy generation and water infrastructure improvements." (Read More)

SBCTC Offers New Safety Classes For 2012

January 18, 2012 - Our popular Focus on Safety program continues with an all new Train-the-Trainer course on how to Prevent Sprains, Strains and Repetitive Motion Injuries in Construction. The classes will be held in Sacramento, March 14-15; San Jose, March 28-29; and Santa Ana, April 11-12. (Read More)

Another ABC Contractor Busted For Prevailing Wage Violations

January 30, 2012 - The latest ABC Contractor to be charged with cheating workers out of prevailing wage is Doherty Restoration of San Francisco. At its website (http://dohertyrestoration.com), Doherty prominently displays the ABC logo. ABC contractors flouting the law is becoming a commonplace pattern. (Read More)

It's Unanimous! $40 Billion PLA Approved by Los Angeles MTA

January 30, 2012 - Up to 100,000 Jobs! The Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council celebrated a remarkable victory last week, winning a unanimous 13-0 vote from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to implement a PLA for transportation construction projects over the next five years. (Read More)

Historic PLA for Ventura County Hospital Will Be a First in the Tri-County Area

January 30, 2012 - $280 Million Project Bringing Hundreds of Jobs! The Tri Counties Building and Construction Trades Council made history this week when the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to direct county staff to negotiate a PLA for the Ventura County Hospital project. Upon successful negotiations and final approval, it will be the first PLA in the history of the tri-counties (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo) area. (Read More)

ABC's Anti-PLA Effort FAILS!

February 1, 2012 - In what is nothing short of a complete disaster for the ABC, their signature gathering effort to place a measure on the ballot to ban PLAs in the City of Sacramento has failed to gather the required number of signatures. Based on random samplings of signatures, it appears that the ABC turned in huge numbers of invalid signatures, including thousands from people living in Sacramento County but not within the city limits. (Read More)

State Holds Workshops on Mandatory Regs for Public Works Projects

February 8, 2012 - The state Department of Industrial Relations' new prevailing wage Compliance Monitoring Unit, created by SBCTC legislation, has announced two upcoming workshops on mandatory state regulations. The workshops are generally geared toward contractors and awarding bodies, but may be useful for business managers and representatives as well. (Read More)

Cal/OSHA Issues Hazard Alert and Launches Confined Spaces Emphasis Program

February 15, 2012 - The California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has launched a statewide Confined Space Special Emphasis Initiative to focus attention on preventing worker deaths and injuries in confined spaces in worksites across the state. As part of this initiative, Cal/OSHA issued a Confined Space Hazard Alert to help employers and employees identify confined space situations and take immediate steps to protect workers. (Read More)

PLA Finalized for New 49ers Stadium

February 28, 2012 - The San Francisco 49ers today announced that the team has entered into a PLA with contractor Turner/Devcon and the Santa Clara and San Benito Building Trades Council for the construction of the teams new stadium in Santa Clara. (Read More)

California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Prevailing Wage Case

February 29, 2012 - SBCTC v. City of Vista The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument for April 4, 2012 in SBCTC v. City of Vista, the case that will decide whether charter cities are permitted to exempt their contractors from complying with the State's prevailing wage law. The Supreme Court will issue its decision within 90 days of oral argument. (Read More)

Michigan Law Banning PLAs Ruled Unconstitutional

March 1, 2012 - In a great win for working people, a federal court has overturned a law signed by the Republican Governor of Michigan that banned the use of PLAs in public construction projects. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ruled that the PLA ban violated federal laws that "explicitly allow for PLAs in the construction industry." She also noted that the law's defenders had failed to demonstrate any cost savings resulting from banning PLAs. (Read More)

San Jose Mercury News Publishes Pro-PLA column by Bob Balgenorth

March 1, 2012 - The San Jose Mercury News recently published an opinion column by SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth supporting that region's Valley Transportation Authority's decision to use a PLA for construction of its BART to San Jose project. The column disproved, item by item, false claims made by an ABC official criticizing the PLA decision in a previous column. It points out the many benefits of using PLAs, and concludes that their increasing use by both public and private sector construction projects is proof that they work. Here is the column, in its entirety, followed by a link to it at the newspaper's website. (Read More)

Op-Ed on Sacramento Arena Project Published in Sacramento Business Journal

March 2, 2012 - The Sacramento Business Journal, a publication which caters to the interests of entrepreneurs, investors and businesses small and large throughout the Sacramento area, published an opinion editorial by Bob Balgenorth, President of the State Building and Construction Trades Council. (Read More)

Advisory: STIHL Chainsaws Recalled Due to Safety Risk

March 6, 2012 - As a service to Building Trades members who may have purchased a STIHL chainsaw during 2011, we are posting this announcement about the recall of the saws due to a safety hazard. If you have one of these saws, please follow these instructions. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with STIHL Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of MS 391 Chain Saws. (Read More)

High Speed Rail Events Next Week in Mountain View, Bakersfield

March 6, 2012 - Two important public events discussing high speed rail are scheduled for next week: a State Senate informational hearing in Mountain View on Tuesday, March 13; and a Bakersfield Town Hall discussion on Thursday, March 15. Opponents of high speed rail will certainly show up at both events to trash the project. So it will be crucial that supporters be on hand to promote its benefits. Press availabilities featuring HSR supporters are being planned to precede both events. More details will be forwarded as they are made available. Here are specifics about the two events. (Read More)

Opposition Argument to San Diego's Anti-PLA Ballot Measure Filed

March 22, 2012 - Opponents of Measure A, the effort to ban PLAs in the City of San Diego, have filed their ballot arguments urging voters to defeat the measure. The No on Measure A ballot argument follows. There are serious implications to Prop A. Read the law. (Read More)

SB 829 - Bill Protecting PLAs Approved By Assembly Appropriations Committee

March 28, 2012 - An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. All 12 Democrats on the committee supported SB 829, and all five Republicans opposed it. The bill next moves to the Assembly floor. (Read More)

Support High Speed Rail Plan At HSR Authority 4/12/2012 Meeting

April 5, 2012 - The California High Speed Rail Authority is scheduled to consider approving its revised 2012 Business Plan at its upcoming meeting, Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. in San Francisco. (Read More)

BCTD President Mark Ayers Passes Away

April 9, 2012 - In a statement Monday, the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), AFL-CIO, said it was saddened by the sudden passing of Mark Ayers, who had been BCTD President since October 2007. An announcement of services is pending. Mark Ayers was born January 22, 1949, and passed away Sunday morning, April 8, 2012. (Read More)

SBCTC Legislative Advocacy Helps Kill Bill to End High Speed Rail Funding

January 10, 2012 - Testimony from Building Trades legislative advocates helped kill legislation in a Senate Committee today that would have stopped future state funding of the California High Speed Rail Project. The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee defeated SB 22 by Senator Doug LaMalfa on a party line vote, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. (Read More)

Bad Anti-PLA Bill Defeated in Committee

April 12, 2012 - A bill that would have overturned the protections created last year for local governments to remain free to choose to enter PLAs for public works construction projects, was killed in a legislative committee this week, after strong opposition by Building Trades legislative advocates. (Read More)

Important Bill Protecting PLAs Approved Passes Full Assembly

April 12, 2012 - An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the state Assembly by a 50-23 vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Senate Bill 829 by Senator Michael Rubio, D-Fresno, now moves to the Senate. (Read More)

Order Your Worksite Flyers Now to Fight the Corporate Deception Measure

April 23, 2012 - The California Labor Federation is now accepting orders for worksite flyers urging opposition to the Corporate Deception Measure, the November ballot measure intended to keep unions from participating in the political process by banning the use of paycheck deductions for political expenditures. (Read More)

SBCTC-Led Coalition Asks Legislature to Preserve Court Construction Funding

April 24, 2012 - In a letter to members of the State Legislature, a coalition led by the Building Trades urges lawmakers not to divert funding intended to replace and renovate courthouses in desperate need of repair to other purposes, warning of “dire consequences for the projects, the public, and the economy.” (Read More)

PLAS are Proving Successful and Growing More Popular Throughout California

May, 2012 - Approximately one year ago, I wrote in this space about the concerted attack by anti-worker extremists on all of us in the Building Trades; on our jobs, our livelihoods, our futures. They were waging war around the state by tricking local governments and voters into banning project labor agreements. For us to win that war, we needed to fight harder and smarter. (Read More)

Election Activism and SB 922 Convince Board Palmdale Water District Reverses PLA Ban!

May 4, 2012 - Following the passage of SB 922 and a united grassroots election effort to replace an anti-union incumbent with a more worker-friendly candidate, the Palmdale Water District Board of Directors voted recently to reverse its two-year old ban on PLAs. (Read More)

SBCTC's Cesar Diaz Appointed to State Allocation Board

May 21, 2012 - Governor Jerry Brown's office has announced that the Governor has appointed SBCTC Legislative Director Cesar Diaz to serve on the State Allocation Board (SAB). (Read More)

Pre-qualification Bill for School Construction Passes Assembly

May 30, 2012 - A Building Trades co-sponsored bill, AB 1565 by Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes, D-Arleta, to require pre-qualification of contractors on school construction projects, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 50-16, on a party line vote with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed. The bill, backed by labor and management and co-sponsored by the Building Trades, the California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the California Legislative Conference of the Plumbing, Heating and Piping Industry, now moves to the Senate. (Read More)

PLA Signed for $4 Billion Power Plant in Kern County

June 1, 2012 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties Trade Council have signed a PLA with SCS Energy and Fluor Contractors to build the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) power plant near Bakersfield in Kern County. (Read More)

Free SBCTC Safety Training Available to Affiliates and JATCs

June 6, 2012 - In the high hazard world of construction there can never be enough safety training. For new apprentice and seasoned journeymen alike, knowledge of safety can mean the difference between coming home to their family and becoming a sad statistic. While the fatal accidents may make the headlines, we also want to protect union workers from chronic pain and cumulative injuries that cut careers short and diminish their quality of life. (Read More)

Primary Election Results Include Wins and Losses for Building Trades

June 6, 2012 - Focus Shifts to Crucial November Contests. The Building Trades scored some important wins, and also some disappointing losses, in this week's primary election. We cannot afford to either bask in our victories or dwell on our defeats, because the November election, now looming just five months away, will feature ballot measures and races for office that will be of paramount importance to our future. (Read More)

California Labor Commissioner Reaches Settlement of Over $875,000 for Unpaid Wages

June 6, 2012 - The office of the California Labor Commissioner today issued the following press release about a settlement in an important case involving failing to pay prevailing wage, overtime wages, and other labor violations. This action demonstrates the importance of having worker-friendly administrations appointing strong advocates of workers' rights to positions charged with enforcing wage, health and safety laws. (Read More)

Former Anti-PLA Board Members Now See that PLAs Work!

June 13, 2012 - Foothill DeAnza Community College District - A recent vote by the Foothill DeAnza Community College District trustees provides persuasive evidence that PLAs work. Two board members who voted against a PLA four years ago after hearing and believing ABC propaganda, are now part of a unanimous vote last week to expand that PLA to include more than $45 million worth of additional work! (Read More)

Senate Allocates $8 Billion to Start Work on High Speed Rail

July 6, 2012 - Thousands of Construction Jobs Coming! In an action that will create thousands of jobs, jump-start the economy, modernize and upgrade transportation in California, and provide great benefits to the state's environmental quality, the Legislature today gave final approval to plans to invest $8 billion to begin building a High Speed Rail system. (Read More)

Building Trades Strongly Opposes Prop. 32; Supports Prop 30

July 12, 2012 - UPDATED - Secretary of State Announces November Ballot Numbers. The Secretary of State's Office has announced the ballot measure numbers for the 11 propositions that will appear on California's November 6 ballot, including one measure that the Building Trades supports and one that we strongly oppose. (Read More)

Governor Brown Appoints New Apprenticeship Council Commissioner

July 20, 2012 - Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Barbara Blake to the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC). (Read More)

Governor Jerry Brown Signs High Speed Rail Measure

July 18, 2012 - Thousands of Good Construction Jobs Coming! Governor Jerry Brown made it official today, when he signed legislation authorizing the nation's first investment in high speed rail, bringing thousands of construction jobs to California starting next year. The project also promises to jumpstart the economy, modernize and upgrade transportation in California, and provide great benefits to the state's environmental quality. The Senate and Assembly approved the measure earlier this month. (Read More)

San Diego School District Happy With PSA; Votes Unanimously to Continue Using It

July 26, 2012 - The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees, after placing a $2.8 billion school bond measure on the November ballot, pointed to the positive results of its current project stabilization agreement, or PSA with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, and voted unanimously to continue using the PSA for all future construction projects. (Read More)

California Democratic Party Opposes Proposition 32

July 31, 2012 - Thousands of Volunteers Will Spread the Truth - At its convention in Anaheim last weekend, the California Democratic Party voted to oppose Proposition 32, the special exemptions measure, on the November ballot. The party will make its resources and volunteers available to help workers fight the measure. Proposition 32 is an effort to silence workers at the polls by eliminating the right of unions to contribute to political campaigns. In an effort to make Proposition 32 appear more populist than it is, it also contains meaningless provisions purporting to restrict corporate spending, that actually do nothing of the sort. (Read More)

Urge Your Local Officials to Endorse The “No on 32” Campaign

August 2, 2012 - Urgent Action Needed Now - All affiliates and local Building Trades Councils are urged to engage with your local officials - city council members, county supervisors, school board members, special district officials, etc. - and urge them to endorse the No on Proposition 32 campaign. (Read More)

Judith Freyman Appointed to the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board

August 3, 2012 - Governor Brown today appointed Judith Freyman to the management seat on the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board. Freyman has been a principal and western operations director at Mercer/ORC Worldwide since 2001. She held multiple positions at ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods from 1979 to 2001, including assistant general counsel and corporate counsel. Freyman was corporate counsel at the Jewel Corporation from 1977 to 1979. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation (Read More)

L.A. Grand Jury Report Finds Charter Cities Have Serious Fiscal Accountability Problems

August 13, 2012 - A new report from the Los Angeles County Grand Jury has found that many charter cities face major problems, including lacking strategic planning, spotty financial controls and have few methods of measuring whether they are reaching goals. (Read More)

Without PLAs, Veterans' Projects Experiencing Delays, Overruns, and Quality Problems

August 15, 2012 - The national Building Trades Department today issued a press release outlining the critical problems being experienced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a result of its opting to build new hospitals across the country without PLAs. This information should prove valuable in educating local officials about the benefits of PLAs. Please share it with them. (Read More)

Ivanpah Solar Project Reaches Halfway Mark & Peak of Construction Employment

August 20, 2012 - PLA Praised for Delivering as Promised - The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Project in the Mojave Desert is halfway done, and has reached its peak construction employment with more than 2,000 construction workers now on the job, BrightSource Energy and construction partner Bechtel has announced. (Read More)

L.A. Times Columnist: Proposition 32 “A Fraud to End All Frauds”

August 20, 2012 - Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik has penned a brilliant column in the paper's Sunday edition exposing the fraud behind Proposition 32, and how it protects super-rich special interests while stripping workers of their political voice. Hiltzik exposes Prop. 32 as a "fraud to end all frauds" and "nothing but an attack by Republicans and conservatives on unions and their members." (Read More)

Last-Minute Attempt to Create Broad CEQA Exemptions Shelved - For Now

August 23, 2012 - Last-minute legislation—strongly opposed by the Building Trades—that would have created broad new exemptions to CEQA, was shelved today in the face of united opposition from us and others against the scheme. The author cited "the dynamics of the building," in announcing he was dropping the effort, an indication that communications from Building Trades members urging legislators to oppose the measure were effective. (Read More)

Bill to Require Pre-Qualifications on School Construction Projects Passes Senate

August 28, 2012 - AB 1565 Co-Sponsored by Labor and Management - A bill to increase the quality of public school construction by requiring the pre-qualification of certain contractors on school construction projects was approved today by the State Senate on a 25-10 vote. (Read More)

SBCTC-Backed Bill Encouraging Sustainable Development Passes Assembly

August 29, 2012 - The Assembly has approved legislation that would allow local governments to create "Sustainable Communities Investment Areas" to allow for sustainable, environmentally healthy development projects. SB 1156 by Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, passed by a 50-27 vote and moves next to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. (Read More)

Governor Approves Tribal Casino Projects in Madera, Yuba Counties

August 31, 2012 - Thousands of Construction Jobs Created - Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he has concurred with the U.S. Department of Interior's decisions to allow the development of two tribal casinos: the Enterprise Rancheria in Yuba County and the North Fork Rancheria in Madera County. The Governor's concurrence clears the way for construction of the facilities, leading to the creation of 4,400 construction jobs, 4,700 ongoing operational jobs, and $550 million in privately funded construction development. (Read More)

Article Describes Effort to Kill California Unions

September 27, 2012 - A newly published news expose vividly describes the efforts underway by billionaire corporate tycoons to destroy unions in California; specifically, the super-rich Koch brothers who are spending millions in an effort to pass Proposition 32, removing union workers from the political arena, and leaving themselves "a free ride to raise unlimited funds to support pro-corporate candidates." (Read More)

Governor's Signatures Cap Strong Legislative Year for Building Trades

October 1, 2012 - The Building Trades' legislative agenda for 2012 focused on getting our people back to work, and increasing union workers' market share of new construction jobs. We shepherded a package of bills to achieve those goals through the Legislature. Governor Jerry Brown has signed most of the bills. However, due to the ongoing budget uncertainty, he did veto some bills that we hoped would enable local governments to replace dissolved Redevelopment Agencies as mechanisms for funding job-creating infrastructure projects. This outcome increases the urgency of passing the Governor's revenue measure, Proposition 30, at the polls in November. (Read More)

NYT Azalyzes Prop 32: Starkest Threat to Union Workers

The nationally-read New York Times has weighed in on California's Proposition 32, concluding that it is the "starkest threat" to our state's union workers, and that it would cut off union participation in state election campaigns. Further, the story adds, the much-hyped restrictions on corporate campaign spending "are far less stringent" than the provisions that cripple unions. (Read More)

OSHA Grant Funding Continues for SBCTC Health and Safety Program

October 8, 2012 - We are pleased to announce that federal OSHA has funded the SBCTC's safety training program for another year. While we had previously received grants to train on targeted topics, we received our first Susan Harwood developmental grant in 2011, enabling us to expand our capacity to provide safety and health training, education and related assistance to our construction audience. These grants typically span four years of funding, pending an annual reassessment of the program and OSHA's funding levels. Our award for the second year of our grant is $175,750, (designated at 5% less than year one). (Read More)

Robbie Hunter Elected SBCTC President

October 22, 2012 - 61st Convention - Robbie Hunter, formerly executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council, was unanimously elected SBCTC President at the 61st Convention in Santa Monica this weekend. Robbie succeeds Bob Balgenorth, who is retiring after 19 years at the SBCTC helm. Last week, the SBCTC Executive Board designated Bob as President Emeritus, and directed him to work through the end of the year to help with Robbie's transition. (Read More)

ABC Contributing Money to Yes on 32 Campaign to Silence Union Workers

October 23, 2012 - Campaign spending reports from the Secretary of State's office show that ABC is spending money to pass Proposition 32. ABC's financial support is proof positive that if it passes, Proposition 32 will silence workers in the political arena, opening the door for anti-worker forces to come after our jobs and incomes without opposition. (Read More)

We Must Pass Proposition 30 to Protect Job Creating Public Works Projects

October 25, 2012 - With our determined opposition to Proposition 32, which we must defeat, Building Trades Workers must also spread the word that it is vital to our future to pass Proposition 30, the Governor's revenue plan that implements an income tax increase on the wealthiest Californians in addition to a small uptick in the sales tax. (Read More)

School Bonds, Potential Future PLAs, on Ballots Around California

November 5, 2012 - Throughout this campaign season we've been stressing the importance of passing Propositions 30 and 39, and soundly defeating Proposition 32. We repeat those messages here one more time: Propositions 30 and 39 raise needed state revenue that will support job-creating public works projects, and Proposition 32 is a cynical, dishonest measure to rob working people of their political voice. If you haven't already, vote, and get your friends and colleagues to vote: Yes on 30, Yes on 39, and No on 32. (Read More)

SBCTC Releases Newly-Produced Video on Prevailing Wage: “Right the First Time”

November 15, 2012 - The State Building Trades Council is proud to announce its latest video production, Right the First Time, is available on the web. This video shows how paying prevailing wages supports our cities, counties and the California economy by ensuring a trained and ready workforce that gets the job done right the first time. (Read More)

Building Trades Unions and Workers Produce Numerous Bond Victories Up and Down the State

November 15, 2012 - The California Building Trades councils, unions, business agents, members, and apprentices should feel immense pride in what we all accomplished on Election Day. The passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry. Here are some highlights: (Read More)

Final Count Shows All Three Charter City Measures on November Ballot Failed

November 20, 2012 - We beat ABC in Escondido, Costa Mesa and Grover Beach. Final ballot counts show that ABC-backed measures to convert three California cities from general law to charter status, for the purpose of avoiding paying construction workers prevailing wage, have all failed. (Read More)

Helmets to Hardhats Program has Served Thousands of Veterans

December 11, 2012 - Newly released statistics show that Helmets to Hardhats, the Building Trades' program to assist returning military veterans transitioning to civilian life by helping them find good careers in the construction industry, has resulted in quality construction careers for thousands of veterans. (Read More)

L.A. City Council OKs Huge USC University Village Project

December 13, 2012 - With a unanimous 15-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council has given final approval to the $1.1 billion University Village project on the USC campus. The project will create 4,000 construction jobs, all union, pursuant to a PLA with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. It will be the largest construction project in the USC vicinity in decades. (Read More)

Charter Measure Loses Recount Final in Grover Beach

December 13, 2012 - A recount of ballots cast on Measure I-12, to convert Grover Beach in San Luis Obispo County from a general law to a charter city, has been completed and confirms that the measure lost by four votes out of approximately 4,500 cast. (Read More)

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