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The People Don’t Want It: My www.UnionWatch.org Article “Citizen Awareness Stops Project Labor Agreement in Orange County, California”

My article about the grassroots strategy leading to the 3-2 vote of the Coast Community College District elected board of trustees on May 15 to reject a Project Labor Agreement for up to $1.5 billion in future taxpayer-funded construction was posted on May 21, 2013 on www.UnionWatch.org. See Citizen Awareness Stops Project Labor Agreement in Orange County, California.

This union initiative was discussed quietly at Coast Community College District board meetings as a “Continuity of Work Agreement” until I discovered it and reported it on March 4, 2013 on www.LaborIssuesSolutions.com as Union Officials and Their Buddies Running Orange County’s Coast Community College District Have Been Sneaking a Project Labor Agreement Past the Public. It was followed up by My Email to Orange County’s Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on Their Sneaky Project Labor Agreement for $1 Billion of Taxpayer-Funded Construction, posted on March 5, 2013.

On March 11, 2013, www.FlashReport.org published my article Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists. It encouraged Orange County activists for economic freedom to get involved in fighting the scourge of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements at local governments in Orange County.

I then wrote about the Coast Community College District board discussion and votes about the Project Labor Agreement during their April 3, 2013 meeting in my April 9, 2013 www.UnionWatch.org article Orange County Project Labor Agreements: One Advances, One Gets Jammed.

News Coverage After the Vote

College Board Refuses to Draft Labor Agreement: Trustees say Measure M bond would not have passed if so-called PLAs were part of the deal – Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot – May 16, 2013

Coast College District Rejects Union-Hiring Agreement for $689M Upcoming Work – via Engineering News-Record California – May 17, 2013, originally published in Orange County Register as Coast College District Rejects Union-Hiring Agreement – May 16, 2013

Coast Community College District Project Labor Agreement Defeated! – OC Politics Blog – May 15, 2013

Associated Builders and Contractors Defeat Union Discrimination On Largest California Community College Bond Passed in 2012 – www.OCPolitical.com – May 16, 2013

News Coverage Before the Vote

Coast Trustees to Consider Union Construction Deal – Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot – May 13, 2013

Tea Party Objects to Proposed College-Union Pact – Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot – May 14, 2013

Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists: My Article Today in www.FlashReport.org

Today (March 11, 2013), www.FlashReport.org published my article Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists.

It’s inspired by the current sneaky effort of the Coast Community College District board of trustees to require contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with the unions of the Los Angeles-Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council as a condition of working on construction projects funded by $698 million in borrowed money authorized by Measure M, approved in November 2012 by 57% of voters in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Seal Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, and Fountain Valley.

This college district serves a relatively affluent, Republican area. Why are four of the five board members Democrats, at least some of whom are inclined to give unions a monopoly on taxpayer-funded construction? Why doesn’t the one Republican on the college board tell people in the district what is happening, so they can comment on this costly proposal?

For more information, see these articles:

Union Officials and Their Buddies Running Orange County’s Coast Community College District Have Been Sneaking a Project Labor Agreement Past the Public – www.LaborIssuesSolutions.com – March 4, 2013

My Email to Orange County’s Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on Their Sneaky Project Labor Agreement for $1 Billion of Taxpayer-Funded Constructionwww.LaborIssuesSolutions.com – March 5, 2013

College District Caught in Labor Agreement Fight – Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent – March 8, 2012

In my www.FlashReport.org article, I encourage Orange County Republican activists and other advocates of economic and personal freedom to study and learn from past examples of aggressive campaigns to stop and reverse Project Labor Agreements at local governments such as the County of Orange, Santa Ana Unified School District, and Rancho Santiago Community College District. Make elected officials – Democrats and Republicans – accountable to the people for their votes, as was done with State Senate candidate Ken Maddox in 2004.

Read Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists – www.FlashReport.org – March 11, 2013.