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:
June 20, 2013
Contact: Eric Christen
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.
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