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Sixteen Flaws in the Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County

Effects of Project Labor Agreements on Local Business Utilizatio in Santa Clara County, California - Working Partnerships USATo attempt to formulate an economic and intellectual argument for controversial project labor agreements, a union-oriented policy organization based in San José called Working Partnerships USA released a report dated October 8, 2012 called Effect of Project Labor Agreements on Local Business Utilization in Santa Clara County, California.

How credible is the Working Partnerships USA report? The California Construction Compliance Group has published Sixteen Flaws in the October 2012 Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County, my critical examination of that report.Sixteen Flaws in the October 2012 Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County

While the Working Partnerships USA researchers apparently collected a great deal of data and the authors addressed some interesting questions, their report in its current form includes logical errors, false assumptions, and broad generalizations. This paper identifies at least 16 fundamental flaws in the report:

  1. The Group That Produced the Report Has an Overt Ideological Bias
  2. The Group That Funded This Report Uses the Report to Help Advance Its Own Political Interests
  3. The Report Inexplicably Excludes Construction Contracts Awarded by the Fourth Community College District Based in Santa Clara County
  4. The Report Does Not Offer Its Source Data for Evaluation
  5. The Report Does Not Accurately State What It Is Measuring
  6. The Report Lacks the “Economic” Analysis Expected of an Economic Policy Report
  7. The Report Compares Two Data Sets That Are Rather Narrow
  8. The Report Does Not Account for Variations in Sizes and Types of Contracts
  9. Time Periods Used for the Report Are Vague, Arbitrary, and Inconsistent
  10. Key Terms in the Report Are Inconsistent and Poorly Defined
  11. The Report Defines Local in an Absurd Way
  12. The Report Shows Favoritism for Certain Geographic Regions
  13. The Report Includes Distorted Estimates of Commute Distances
  14. The Report Fails to Recognize that Northern California Is a Regional Construction Market
  15. The Report Is Fattened with Non-Relevant and Unproven Statements
  16. The Report Makes Uncritical Assumptions About the Inherent Superiority of Contracts Awarded to Local Businesses

Debates over project labor agreements at California local governments tend to prioritize politics over logic. The Working Partnerships USA report – as currently written – attempts to justify a preconceived ideological concept with a logical, intellectual economic argument. In this exercise, it fails.

UPDATE: The Santa Clara and San Benito Building and Construction Trades Council had planned to use the study from the pro-union think tank Working Partnerships USA as an intellectual argument for the elected board of the West Valley-Mission Community College District to require contractors to sign a project labor agreement. At the December 11, 2012 meeting of the college board, the author of the Working Partnerships USA study expressed her distress and outrage about the unexpected and devastating analysis of flaws in her study. It remains to be seen if the board will mandate a project labor agreement on future construction.

See my three blog posts about this union lobbying effort:

Here Comes Yet ANOTHER Project Labor Agreement on a California Community College District: West Valley-Mission in Silicon Valley (November 12, 2012)

Elected Board of Community College in Silicon Valley Has December 11 Vote on Project Labor Agreement for Construction Funded by Money Borrowed Through Bond Sales (December 8, 2012)

Elected Board of Community College in Silicon Valley Has December 11 Vote on Project Labor Agreement for Construction Funded by Money Borrowed Through Bond Sales (December 13, 2012)

Project Labor Agreements at California Cities for Individual Projects

Note: go to California Cities with Project Labor Agreements Covering Multiple Projects to see the multi-project Project Labor Agreements for the cities of Berkeley, Carson, Compton, Los Angeles, and San Fernando.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

City of Brentwood

City of Brentwood Civic Center Project Labor Agreement 2009

City of Brentwood Civic Center Project Labor Agreement Parking Garage Addendum 2010

City of Concord

City of Concord Police Facilities Project Labor Agreement 1995 (Resolution)

City of Concord Parking Structure Project Labor Agreement 1999 (Minutes indicate an informal suggestion to staff; not an agenda item for consideration)

City of Richmond

City of Richmond (California) Project Labor Agreement Resolution 2001

City of Richmond (California) Civic Center Project Labor Agreement 2007

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

City of Long Beach

City of Long Beach Airport Terminal Improvements Phase 1 Project Labor Agreement 2010

City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles and its Board of Public Works imposed Project Labor Agreements on at least a dozen individual projects and a program to improve Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) systems before the city council adopted its multi-project Project Labor Agreement in December 2010. See City of Los Angeles List of Individual Project Labor Agreements November 2009. Here are a few examples from the mid-2000s:

City of Los Angeles Metro Detention Center Project Labor Agreement 2006

City of Los Angeles Police Headquarters Project Labor Agreement 2006

City of Los Angeles Harbor Area Police Station & Jail Facility Project Labor Agreement 2006

City of Los Angeles Fire Station 64 Project Labor Agreement 2006

City of Los Angeles Avenue 45 & Arroyo Drive Relief Sewer Project Labor Agreement 2007

City of Los Angeles Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) Project Labor Agreement 2008

SACRAMENTO COUNTY

City of Sacramento

City of Sacramento Sump 2 Improvement Project Labor Agreement 1998

SAN MATEO COUNTY

City of San Mateo

City of San Mateo New Main Library Project Labor Agreement 2003

City of San Mateo New Police Station Project Labor Agreement 2005

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

City of Milpitas

City of Milpitas New Library Project Labor Agreement 2006

City of Milpitas Senior Center Project Labor Agreement 2008

City of San José

City of San Jose Civic Center Project Labor Agreement 2002

City of San Jose International Airport Master Plan Project Labor Agreement 2002

San Jose McEnery Convention Center Expansion & Renovation 2011*

SOLANO COUNTY

City of Vallejo

City of Vallejo Station Parking Garage Project Labor Agreement 2010

City of Vallejo Ferry Maintenance Facility Improvement Project Project Labor Agreement 2011

YOLO COUNTY

City of West Sacramento

City of West Sacramento Palamidessi Bridge Project Labor Agreement 1996 (Brown and Root)

* I am seeking a copy from the agency.

Project Labor Agreements and Project Labor Agreement Policies at California Counties

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Alameda County – East County Hall of Justice Project Labor Agreement 2012

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Project Labor Agreement 2004 (Resolution Only)

Contra Costa County Family Law Center Project Labor Agreement 2001 (Resolution Only)

Contra Costa County Project Labor Agreement Policy (Not Implemented) 2002

Contra Costa County Project Labor Agreement Policy Revision 2003

Contra Costa County Standard Project Labor Agreement 2003 (2011 Example)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Los Angeles County Martin Luther King, Jr Medical Center Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center Project Labor Agreement 2011

ORANGE COUNTY

Orange County Project Labor Agreement Policy Resolution 2000

Orange County Standard Project Labor Agreement 2000-2005

Orange County Project Labor Agreement Policy Termination 2004

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

San Joaquin County New Administration Building Project Labor Agreement 2007

SAN MATEO COUNTY

San Mateo County Replacement Jail Project Labor Agreement 2012

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Santa Clara County Valley Specialty Center Bid Package #2 Project Labor Agreement 2004

Santa Clara County Project Labor Agreement Policy 2005

Santa Clara County Standard Project Labor Agreement as of 2009

Santa Clara County Replacement Bed Building Project Labor Agreement 2010

SOLANO COUNTY

Solano County New Government Center Project Labor Agreement 2002

Solano County Project Labor Agreement Policy 2004

Solano County Project Labor Agreement Policy Amendment 2007

Solano County Claybank Adult Dentention Center Project Labor Agreement (Signed) 2007

Solano County William J Carroll Government Center Project Labor Agreement 2010

Solano County Claybank Adult Dentention Center Project Labor Agreement in Bid Documents 2012