Reported Project Labor Agreements for Proposed California Tribal Casinos

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Below is a list of reported Project Labor Agreements or union-only construction agreements for tribal casinos in California. These were reported by the tribes, unions, or news media. The list is probably not complete. Tribal casinos are private projects, and I have only one of the alleged Project Labor Agreements in my possession.

When California voters considered Proposition 5 in November 1998 concerning “state-tribal agreements governing Indian gaming,” campaign literature from the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California asserted that casinos would be built with union workers.

Of the seven projects listed below, only the Graton Rancheria Resort and Casino has moved forward with construction; it is under construction now for a planned November 2013 opening. Casino opponents claim that the casino management, contractors, and union leaders are ignoring the Project Labor Agreement. (See Local Union Members Laid Off Promised Casino Construction Jobs as Out-of-Area Labor Force Takes – January 15, 2013 and see a brief reference to such rumors in Union Jobs Get Boost from Casino Rising in Rohnert ParkSanta Rosa Press-Democrat – December 4, 2012.)

1. Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria – Graton Rancheria Resort and Casino (Rohnert Park in Sonoma County) – 2002

2. Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe (aka San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians) – Tongva Entertainment Facility (Compton in Los Angeles County) – 2004 [not built]

3. Lytton Band of Pomo Indians – Casino San Pablo (San Pablo in Contra Costa County) – 2004 [not built]

4. Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians – Buena Vista Casino (Ione in Amador County) – 2005 [not built]

5. North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians – North Fork Rancheria Resort (North Fork in Madera County) – 2005, but still under consideration in 2013 – see Assembly Approves Legislation to Build North Fork Rancheria Casino

6. Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria – Enterprise Rancheria Casino and Hotel Resort Project Labor Agreement (Marysville in Yuba County) – 2009 [not built]

7. Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians – Point Molate Resort and Casino (Richmond in Contra Costa County) – 2009 [not built]

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