Project Labor Agreements
On August 17, your Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will vote on a scheme that requires businesses to sign a “Project Labor Agreement” with unions in order to work on construction contracts.
Your tax money will be wasted on special interest favoritism. Project Labor Agreements are notorious for cutting competition, discouraging local employment, and raising costs of construction projects. Libraries, senior centers, and anything else built by your county will cost more. Or they won’t get built at all because they cost too much.
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WHAT IS A PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT?
A Project Labor Agreement is a kickback scheme imposed on either private development or on municipal agencies by labor union lobbyists to ensure that companies with union ties can receive special advantages on contracts. Project Labor Agreements end competitive bidding and deny the majority of California’s workforce the ability to work on certain projects free of coercion.
CONSEQUENCES A PROJECT LABOR AGREMENT HAS ON A PROJECT:
- Taxpayers end up paying more than they have to for public projects
- Rather than spending money on schools, roads, and public safety, taxpayer money is spent on higher construction costs
- Lobbyists for Big Labor and other special interest groups corrupt local government processes to force these mandates on construction projects
- Deny approximately 85% of California’s construction workers the opportunity to work on these projects without having to first agree to pay union dues and into union benefit plans they will never benefit from
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We stand with the workers of Santa Barbara County against what is wrong and unethical. We are their voice and support when they don’t think they have one.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST AND NOW
Workers pay into union health, welfare, and pension plans they won’t vest in thereby having that money stolen from them.
Local Santa Barbara County contractors are forced to lay off their local workers and hire union workers from Los Angeles.
Young men and women in state-approved union-free apprentice programs are explicitly discriminated against and not allowed to work on taxpayer-funded projects.
Pay union dues even though they aren’t union members.
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I’m a third-generation Santa Barbara resident. My brother and I run the company my father started 42 years ago. We have worked on many Santa Barbara County projects like the Randal Road project, which is so important for our community. Under a PLA our skilled and trained employees would see their pay reduced and we’d be limited to using only a few of them while the rest would have to go unemployed while workers from L.A. were brought in to work. Because of these discriminatory provisions, we would not bid on this type of work so the County would be guaranteeing higher costs and fewer local workers. This type of discrimination has no place in our County.”
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