Project Labor Agreements

Resolution Number SAC09.61

Project Labor Agreements

WHEREAS, The California Democratic Party supports the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and the California Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and both California District Councils of Carpenters, in promoting (1) a local skilled workforce; (2) economic prosperity and a safe workplace for local workers; (3) the economic base of the communities where government-funded projects are undertaken, thereby ensuring that government is not lowering the standard of living; and (4) accountability for construction contractors in paying livable wages, providing health care and retirement benefits, and hiring local workers; and

WHEREAS, Project Labor Agreements have proven to be the most effective and only legal method for (1) requiring contractors to provide health care to construction workers on a public works project such as a school bond-funded capital improvement project, and (2) requiring that workers from local communities or from impoverished neighborhoods be employed on public works projects; and

WHEREAS, President Barack Obama, on February 6, 2009, signed an executive order encouraging all federal agencies to consider Project Labor Agreements for facility, highway, or other construction projects of significant value—stating that they would establish clear workplace rights, safety procedures on large construction projects, and taxpayer protections;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party applauds and supports decisions by (1) San Diego Unified School District and other local public entities to negotiate with local building and construction trades council, AFL-CIO and Carpenters Union Locals in Project Labor Agreements like Proposition S and other public and private entities that have entered into Project Labor Agreements; and (2) other agencies and developers who decide in the future to negotiate Project Labor Agreements in order to improve the standard of living for local construction workers and to create accountability standards for contractors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party continues to (1) express its public support of agencies and developers that negotiate Project Labor Agreements; and (2) to educate and ask that candidates for elected office who seek the endorsement of the California Democratic Party also support Project Labor Agreements.

Submitted by Albert Velasquez, AD 79
Passed by the San Diego County Democratic Party, Jess Durfee, Chair

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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