Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction to Hold Press Conference – June 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. – Condemning San Diego Courthouse Project Labor Agreement

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See below for the press release issued this morning by the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction about the press conference today (June 20, 2013) to be held at 11:00 a.m. in downtown San Diego at the southern intersection of West Broadway and Union Street.

Here are the documents from California’s Administrative Office of the Courts exposing the secret deals that resulted in requiring construction contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with unions as a condition of working on the San Diego County Central Courthouse:

March 22, 2013 Curtis Child Told State Building and Construction Trades Council of California Wants Project Labor Agreement on New San Diego Central Courthouse

April 4, 2013 Curtis Child to Rudolph & Sletten on New San Diego Central Courthouse Project Labor Agreement

April 5, 2013 Curtis Child to Robbie Hunter on New San Diego Central Courthouse Project Labor Agreement

May 8, 2013 Judicial Council Told New San Diego Central Courthouse Has Project Labor Agreement


PRESS RELEASE

June 20, 2013

Contact: Eric Christen

(858) 431-6337

Press Conference Today Opposing Project Labor Agreement on State Funded San Diego Central Courthouse

Public Records Act requests reveal backroom deal “negotiating” a discriminatory Project Labor Agreement on the project

San Diego – Today the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC), contractors, apprentices, business owners, concerned taxpayers, and engaged citizens will be holding a press conference opposing a state imposed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the San Diego Central Courthouse project.

Through several Public Records Act (PRA) requests, CFEC discovered that the local unions and the Administrative Office of the Courts for the State of California (AOC) have been “negotiating” a discriminatory union-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the new $600+ million Superior Courthouse to be located in downtown San Diego. This was done through backroom deals without any public input.

This also comes after significant cuts to the project resulting in the loss of the underground tunnel connecting the courthouse to the jail which would have been used to transport prisoners. This will now result in decreased safety as prisoners are walked across the street to each location. “When you are looking to save money on a project that has already had its budget reduced by 40% the last thing you want to do is put a PLA on it which will only raise costs.” said Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction.

CFEC will fight relentlessly to inform the public and taxpayers that workers are being discriminated against, tax dollars are being wasted, and safety is being compromised. This will include earned and paid media efforts such as mailers to key stakeholder groups and an effort that seeks to educate AOC committee members on what it is staff has done and why it’s a horrible idea, which If necessary legal efforts will be taken against. “As we have shown in the case of the Convention Center we will aggressively fight to protect the rights of workers and taxpayers, especially when public safety is at stake.” says Christen.

Today’s press conference will be held at 11:00 am in downtown San Diego at the southern intersection of West Broadway and Union Street, 92101.

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News Coverage So Far

The UT San Diego/San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the secret plot in a June 7, 2013 article, Courthouse to Be Built Under Labor Pact.

An editorial Public Safety Loses, Labor Wins at New Courthouse was posted on June 9, 2013 in the UT San Diego/San Diego Union-Tribune.

See my articles about this Project Labor Agreement:

Union Quest for Project Labor Agreements from Judicial Council of California and Administrative Office of the Courts Succeeds with San Diego County Central Courthouse – www.LaborIssuesSolutions.com – June 8, 2013

Judicial Council of California Imposes Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse – www.UnionWatch.org – June 8, 2013

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  1. […] On June 20, 2013, San Diego construction companies and their employees held a press conference and rally opposing the decision of California’s judicial branch to give unions monopoly control of this major state project in a city and a county where voters banned government-mandated Project Labor Agreements on city and county projects. See the press release announcing this gathering at Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction to Hold Press Conference – June 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.…. […]