I reported in my September 26 post (Contra Costa Times Recognizes Fiscally Responsible Candidates for Brentwood City Council: Endorsements EXCLUDE Project Labor Agreement Supporters) that Brentwood City Council members who did the bidding of construction union lobbyists and lawyers in 2009 seem to be out of favor as they run for election in 2012.
In 2009 (and again in 2010), Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor was part of the majority in a highly-contentious 3-2 vote to require construction contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with unions as a condition of working on the City of Brentwood’s Civic Center and associated parking garage. See the union agreements here: City of Brentwood Civic Center Project Labor Agreement 2009 and City of Brentwood Civic Center Project Labor Agreement Parking Garage Addendum 2010.
Councilmember Chris Becnel was one of the three YES votes and was defeated in the November 2010 election. (He’s running again in the November 2012 election to get back on the city council.) Also in the November 2012 election, Mayor Bob Taylor is running for re-election.
(The third vote for the Project Labor Agreement was Brandon Richey, who chose not to run again when his term expired in 2010.)
Perhaps some local elected officials in the San Francisco Bay Area would be less eager to vote for Project Labor Agreements if they were actually accountable to the voters for unnecessarily cutting competition and raising costs for the benefit of union special interests. With two of the three supporters of the Project Labor Agreement gone from office, the Northern California Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is running web advertising reminding Brentwood voters of Mayor Bob Taylor’s votes for construction union special interests.
Meanwhile, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union No. 302 is evidently aware that one of its sycophants is in trouble. According to its campaign finance report submitted to the Brentwood City Clerk on October 26, 2012, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union No. 302 is spending about $6000 to support Mayor Robert Taylor (Bob Taylor) in his re-election campaign.
The IBEW union mailers are now arriving in Brentwood mailboxes, and the strategy seems to be spending $6,000 to portray the mayor as someone who doesn’t cater to special interests.