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The Great Resurrection of 2013! Elected Board of Sacramento City Unified School District Schedules Vote on Dormant Project Labor Agreement

It’s the Great Resurrection of 2013! Someone remembered the ancient Project Labor Agreement implemented for construction at the Sacramento City Unified School District funded by borrowed money authorized by bond measures approved by voters in 1999 and 2002.

September 12, 2013 Board Meeting
6:30 p.m. Open Session

 

See the original 2005 version of this Project Labor Agreement: Sacramento City Unified School District Project Labor Agreement Measures E and I. Also, see the 2009 extension of this Project Labor Agreement: Sacramento City Unified School District Project Labor Agreement Measures E and I Amendment. According to the staff report there will be another Project Labor Agreement implemented for future district construction, presumably for projects funded by borrowed money authorized by Measures Q and R, approved by voters in November 2012.

If the Sacramento City Unified School District required its construction contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement as a condition of work, why not follow this outstanding example of fiscally responsible government and impose a Project Labor Agreement on the Sacramento Kings Arena? There will certainly be a show in support of Project Labor Agreements at the board meeting on Thursday, September 12.

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction has issued an appropriately cynical press release about the scheduled vote to extend the Project Labor Agreement at Sacramento City Unified School District.

September 9, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Eric Christen, (858) 431-6337
Sacramento School Board Schedules Sham Vote on Dormant Project Labor Agreement as Media Stunt
Creates Forum for Union Officials and Union-Backed Politicians to Defend Kings Arena Deal

Today the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction accused the elected board of the Sacramento City Unified School District of engineering an unnecessary forum for Sacramento union leaders and union-backed politicians to promote Project Labor Agreements.

“Board members of the Sacramento City Unified School District suddenly saw a desperate need to extend a dormant Project Labor Agreement for four months?” asked Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction.

“This silly vote is about the Sacramento Kings arena, not about helping children to learn how to read and write.”

The September 12 school board agenda includes an item to extend for four months a Project Labor Agreement implemented in 2005 for long-completed construction programs funded by Measure E (1999) and Measure I (2002). A staff report indicates plans for a new Project Labor Agreement for future construction, which will be funded by Measures Q and R (2012).

The proposal is obviously under consideration within a larger political context.

On September 4, a public extravaganza at Downtown Plaza organized with unions by Mayor Kevin Johnson’s office to celebrate a Project Labor Agreement on the new Kings arena was undermined when opponents of the union deal exercised their First Amendment rights and showed up to challenge the government propaganda.

“Behind the scenes, everyone acknowledges that the mayor’s press conference for the Kings Arena Project Labor Agreement was a public relations disaster,” said Christen. “One veteran Sacramento political consultant emailed us to say ‘What transpired on Wednesday was one of the best impromptu media events I’ve seen in many years.’”

“Both supporters and opponents of public funding for the Kings arena were disgusted by the political payoff to the unions. Union leaders need a public forum to regain control of their message. They’ve chosen the Sacramento City Unified School District – not a government renowned for its outstanding management and high degree of fiscal responsibility.”

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction will oppose the Project Labor Agreement resolution.

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