Construction unions are making sure every effort is suppressed in California to preserve fair and open bid competition for taxpayer-funded construction. Tonight (April 25, 2012), the Palmdale Water District Board of Directors voted 5-0 to repeal its resolution passed in October 2010 to establish a policy that the water district would not enter into contracts requiring construction companies to sign Project Labor Agreements with unions.
Union officials have been openly trying since 2006 to pressure this local government to impose Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in its contract bid specifications. Now ratepayers are vulnerable to a union monopoly on construction of their water projects.
See my earlier post about the upcoming vote here.