ACTION ALERTS 

  

ABC So-Cal

ACTION

ALERTS

 

 

NAVFAC PLA Survey for Orange County Seal Island Fed. Project

Friends, Please share this email with appropriate stakeholders and/or promote this article via social media: ... [+] more  

 

Friends,

Please share this email with appropriate stakeholders and/or promote this article via social media:
http://thetruthaboutplas.com/2013/04/10/navfac-project-labor-agreement-survey-for-seal-beach-ca-construction-project-due-april-15/

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Southwest issued a solicitation seeking comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) for a large-scale federal construction project (exceeding $25 million) within Orange County, Calif.

The PLA is being considered for a Weapons Surveillance and Test Laboratory (WSTL) and Calibration Laboratory (CAL Lab) at Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, Calif. Construction plans include technical office space, a conference room, a vault, secured storage, and environmentally controlled laboratories and shops.

To review and respond to the survey, click
here and see the attached PDF of the survey.
Responses should be sent via email to NAVFAC contact Raymond Gloria (
raymond.gloria@navy.mil) 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Monday, April 15, 2013.


TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, a project of ABC National, encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell NAVFAC that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.

Attached is a template contractors can customize to help with their response. Before submission, please rename the document and pay close attention to the highlighted text. It is best to provide your own answers for this entire survey, but if you are unable to do so because NAVFAC gave contractors less than a week to respond, feel free to use the supplied template as a resource.

Please forward ABC National Director of Labor and Federal Procurement Ben Brubeck (
Brubeck@abc.org) communications to the USACE in case ABC National needs to take additional steps to defeat a PLA mandate on this contract.

NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued
similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama’s pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate PLAs on a case-by-case basis for federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost.

TheTruthAboutPLAs.com has taken the opportunity to respond to all PLA surveys – more than 150 during President Obama’s first term – and encourages the merit shop contracting community to do the same. Responding with accurate and timely information is critical and effective at creating more work for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees.

To stay up to date on future federal PLA survey alerts, “Like” our Facebook page at
Facebook.com/thetruthaboutplas and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/truthaboutplas.

To help TheTruthAboutPLAs.com continue to ensure fair and open competition on federal, state and local construction projects funded by taxpayer dollars, make a donation
here.


Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92807
deverett@abcsocal.net - Cell: 714-600-6250
Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318, Fax: (714) 779-3193
"Champions of Free Enterprise" -
/

[-] less

$1.1 BILLION in School Bond Work Under PLA Threat

Merit Shop Supporters, We need your help tomorrow night. On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to move forward to place a Project Labor... [+] more

 

Merit Shop Supporters,

We need your help tomorrow night. On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to move forward to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on $698 Million of construction work. In order to ensure that this money is open and available for all to work on we need you to be at this meeting and speak on the problems of PLAs.

The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. at the Coast Community College District Board Room, 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

If you are able to attend or have any questions please contact us TODAY at
deverett@abcsocal.net.

This has been a busy week trying to defend free enterprise. Just last night, the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) Board of Trustees voted to approve "negotiations" with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Construction Trades Council on a PLA that would cover all work to take place under the $198 million dollar Measure Q bond passed by voters in November.

For more information on how RSCCD will throw away over $29 million dollars with this wasteful PLA and for more information on how CCCD lied to the Orange County Taxpayers Association about using a PLA, check out the links below.

Hopefully, I will see you tomorrow night to fight this discrimination against 8 out of 10 construction workers who CHOOSES to be non-union.

Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92807
deverett@abcsocal.net - Cell: 714-600-6250
Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318, Fax: (714) 779-3193
"Champions of Free Enterprise" -
/


Commentary: College district changes its tune (Orange County Register)
“…The taxpayers and voters of the Coast Community College District…should feel betrayed by this minority of the board… If they intended to enter into a PLA, it should have been clearly stated in the bond measure, so that voters could have judged the initiative based on facts…” - Orange County Taxpayers Association
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:p8Ox0hrr4B8J:www.ocregister.com/opinion/bond-501793-district-college.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/bond-501793-district-college.html

Bond betrayal: Did college district dupe OC Tax on PLA? (Cal Watchdog)
“How can the CCCD Trustees even consider a PLA after they told the OC Taxpayers Association in writing that there would not be a PLA on the bond?” asked Dave Everett, the government affairs director for the Associated Builders and Contractors, Southern California Chapter. “Not only would this waste over $100 million of students’ education dollars, but it would discriminate against eight out of 10 construction workers.”
http://www.calwatchdog.com/2013/03/29/bond-betrayal-did-college-district-dupe-oc-tax-on-pla/

Jose Solorio gives Janet Nguyen an early Christmas present (ocpoliticsblog.com)
“…The Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Trustees voted 5-2 tonight to authorize their Chancellor to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council. Impressively their Student Trustee, Ryan Ahari, voted against this debacle. I am told he is a fan of Ron Paul. He might be the smartest Trustee! I believe that Republican Phil Yarbrough was the other no vote…”
http://ocpoliticsblog.com/jose-solorio-gives-janet-nguyen-an-early-christmas-present/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OcPolitics+(OC+Politics)

The RSCCD Trustees are for a Measure Q union-only PLA tonight (newsantaana.com)
"...The PLA vote occurred despite vigorous opposition from local workers, taxpayers, apprentices, contractors and contractor associations. The board was told that a PLA was simply a payoff to union bosses and that it openly discriminated against the 85% of the local construction workforce that was union-free...PLAs are so controversial that they have been banned in 11 entities in California including the County of Orange..."
http://newsantaana.com/2013/04/01/the-rsccd-trustees-are-for-a-measure-q-union-only-pla-tonight/


Jose Solorio & RSCCD Trustees Move Forward With Special Interest Deal For Big Labor
(newsantaana.com)
“…Solorio said that the non union contractors would now have the same benefits as the union shops. No. The workers will have to get into a union hall...and they they will have to pay dues that they will never see in the future as they will just go back to non union contractors after the work is over. Solorio also said that PLAs save money. Another lie. All public works contractors pay the same salary rates, and the lowest bidder always wins. But with a union only PLA there will be no non union bidders. The union contractors have to abide by silly work rules that just delay project completion and add unwarranted costs to these projects. Money gets wasted, not saved!..”
http://newsantaana.com/2013/04/01/jose-solorio-gives-janet-nguyen-an-early-christmas-present/

[-] less

Help Stop RSCCD Trustee Jose Solorio From Wasting Over $29 Million on a PLA

Help Stop RSCCD Trustee Jose Solorio From Giving Over $29 Million of Our Taxes To Special Interests and Political Donors - Being Voted on MONDAY 4/1/2013! The Rancho Santiago Community College... [+] more

 

Help Stop RSCCD Trustee Jose Solorio From Giving Over $29 Million of Our Taxes To Special Interests and Political Donors - Being Voted on MONDAY 4/1/2013!

The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote to approve "negotiations" with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Construction Trades Council THIS MONDAY, April 1, 2013!

The PLA would cover all work to take place under the Measure Q bond passed by voters in November. No mention of a PLA was of course ever made when selling this to the citizens.

The PLA is
Item 6.5 on the agenda. This payoff to Big Labor follows on the heels of the PLA this college passed in 2003.

We need you to do the following:


Attend the meeting at 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st at the RSCCD District Offices located at 2323 North Broadway, Board Room #107 Santa Ana, CA 92706. We need you to bring management, workers, and apprentices! Please contact us at deverett@abcsocal.net if you need any talking points.


Contact the Trustees who might be persuadable on this issue. They are:

·Claudia Alvarez: Alvarez4education@gmail.com

·Nelida Yanez: EducateforSuccess@yahoo.com

·Phil Yarbrough: Phil@nationsfinancialcorp.com

·Arianna Barrios: Arianna@barriosandassociates.com


Meeting Details
When: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Room #107
2323 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706


If you are able to attend or have any questions please contact us at deverett@abcsocal.net. Thank you for your consideration.


Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
Associated Builders and Contractors, SoCal
714-600-6250 cell
deverett@abcsocal.net
www.abcsocal.org

[-] less

PLA ALERT! $698 Million Orange County PLA Being Discussed At Coast College

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on $698 million of construction work. In order to ensure that this money is... [+] more

 

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on $698 million of construction work. In order to ensure that this money is open and available for all to work on we need you to be at this meeting and speak on the problems of PLAs.

The meeting is Wednesday, April 3, 2013at 6:00 p.m. at the Coast Community College District Board Room,1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Expect a healthy attendance of union officials and community activists.

This special interest deal would give away over $100 Million of our CCCD tax dollars to gain favor with special interests and political donors. As A College Board Trustee, Jim Moreno and his colleagues voted 5-0 to move forward with a law that:

·Wastes Over $100 Million Dollars Of Our Students Education Funding

·Removes Accountability On $698 Million In Government Spending

·Prevents Thousands Of Workers From Applying For Construction Jobs And

·Eliminates Competitive Bidding


Remember: Discrimination is always wrong! This special interest deal discriminates against the 8 out of 10 construction workers who choose to be non-union. That is not fair to the workers or the working class families that depend on those construction workers. Visit http://TheTruthAboutPLAs.com/ to learn more. Or better yet…

Join us for pizza and protest on April 3, 2013 at 6:00pm, when we tell the Board of Trustees to vote “NO” on this wasteful special interest deal.

We will be handing out free stickers that say “Don’t Waste Our $100 Million” and will have free pizza and refreshments for students who are wearing the sticker to oppose this wasteful special interest giveaway.

What: Free Pizza and Protest of CCCD’s $100 Million Dollar Give-Away.
Where: Coast Community College District Board Meeting, 1370 Adams Avenue,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:00pm.

Call (714) 438-4848 or email jmoreno@mail.cccd.edu and Tell CCCD Trustee Jim Moreno To Drop His Plan To Waste Over $100 Million Dollars Of YOUR Money! Join Us On April 3rd.

For more information, please contact us at deverett@abcsocal.net.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
Associated Builders and Contractors, SoCal
714-600-6250 cell
deverett@abcsocal.net
www.abcsocal.org







To read about several of the more high profile school bonds that are being threatened by a wasteful, discriminatory PLA; check out these articles:

College district caught in labor agreement fight

Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists

March 6, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on almost $700 Million of construction work.

Union Officials and Their Buddies Running Orange County’s Coast Community College District Have Been Sneaking a Project Labor Agreement Past the Public
[-] less

Join Us At The Orange County Free Enterprise Coalition Luncheon

Please join the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and CFEC to support free and open competition and stand opposed to measures that harm taxpayers. This Thursday, March 14th from 11:30am -... [+] more

 

Please join the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and CFEC to support free and open competition and stand opposed to measures that harm taxpayers. This Thursday, March 14th from 11:30am - 1:00pm we will be joining the Free Enterprise Coalition meeting to discuss Project Labor Agreement (PLA) threats in the Orange County area.

When: Thursday, March 14th
11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: A.J. Kirkwood and Associates
2752 Walnut Ave
Tustin, CA 92780

*Lunch will be provided

To RSVP or for more information, please contact us at (714) 600-6250 or
deverett@abcsocal.net .


We look forward to seeing you soon!



To read about several of the more high profile school bonds that are being threatened by a wasteful, discriminatory PLA; check out these articles:

Pugnacious Defense of Economic Freedom in Orange County Can Inspire California’s Free-Market Activists

College district caught in labor agreement fight

March 6, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on almost $700 Million of construction work.

Union Officials and Their Buddies Running Orange County’s Coast Community College District Have Been Sneaking a Project Labor Agreement Past the Public

Complete Compilation of Union Project Labor Agreements on K-12 School District and Community College District Construction in California: 1999-2012

Will the RSCCD Trustees vote for a union-only PLA on Measure Q projects?

Debt! On November 6, 2012, California Voters Approved 91 Local Ballot Measures to Authorize Borrowing $13.3 Billion for Construction by Selling Bonds

Help Fight The Wasteful Deal For Big Labor On Rancho Santiago Community College District's $200 MILLION DOLLAR Measure Q Construction Bond


[-] less

URGENT: Will you Help us Stop the $698 Million PLA Threat in Orange County?

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on almost $700 Million of construction work. In order to ensure that this... [+] more

 

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 the Coast Community College District will be voting to place a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on almost $700 Million of construction work. In order to ensure that this money is open and available for all to work on we need you to be at this meeting and speak on the problems of PLAs. Read about why this is so important here and how the district is trying to circumvent the public!

See the March 6, 2013 meeting agenda for the Coast Community College District by
CLICKING HERE.

The meeting is Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Coast Community College District Board Room, 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Expect a healthy attendance of union officials and community activists.

We encourage you to do two things to help us thwart this power grab by local union bosses:

1. We need you to speak at the meeting in support of fair and open competition, in order to ensure that this money is available for your company to bid on. Not sure what to say? Feel free to contact us at
deverett@abcsocal.net.

2. Contact the Governing Board TODAY to let them know you stand opposed to the PLA and why.

* Trustee Lorraine Prinsky, President

* Email:
lprinsky@mail.cccd.edu<mailto:lprinsky@mail.cccd.edu>
* Phone:
(714) 438-4848

* Trustee Mary L. Hornbuckle, Vice President

* Email:
mhornbuckle@mail.cccd.edu<mailto:mhornbuckle@mail.cccd.edu>
* Phone:
(714) 438-4848

* Trustee Jerry Patterson, Clerk of the Board

* Email:
jpatterson@mail.cccd.edu<mailto:jpatterson@mail.cccd.edu>
* Phone:
(714) 438-4848

* Trustee Jim Moreno

* Email:
jmoreno@mail.cccd.edu<mailto:jmoreno@mail.cccd.edu>
* Phone:
(714) 438-4848

* Trustee David A. Grant

* Email:
dgrant@mail.cccd.edu<mailto:dgrant@mail.cccd.edu>
* Phone:
(714) 438-4848

Meeting Details

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.


Where: Coast Community College District Board Meeting
1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Thank you for your consideration.







[-] less

Fight Wasteful Deal For Big Labor At Rancho Santiago College

Help Fight The Wasteful Deal For Big Labor On Rancho Santiago Community College District's $200 MILLION DOLLAR Measure Q Construction Bond (SANTA ANA, CA)- Just a reminder that TODAY... [+] more

 

Help Fight The Wasteful Deal For Big Labor On Rancho Santiago Community College District's $200 MILLION DOLLAR Measure Q Construction Bond


(SANTA ANA, CA)- Just a reminder that TODAY is the deadline to help fight a wasteful, special interest deal for Big Labor on Rancho Santiago Community College District's $200 million dollar Measure Q construction bond.

In 2003 the Rancho Santiago Community College Governing Board placed a union crafted Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on all Measure E bond work. Measure E had been passed by voters in 2002 with no hint a controversial PLA would be used on it.

The PLA vote occurred despite vigorous opposition from local workers, taxpayers, apprentices, contractors and contractor associations.

Now that a new bond, Measure Q, has been approved by voters in November 2012, ABC fears there is clearly a majority of the Board of Trustees that would once again vote to support a PLA being placed on the construction bond. The problem is that supporters of Measure Q were not up front with voters beforehand about the wasteful PLA because they understand how unpopular these special interest giveaways are with voters.

Help fight the PLA on Measure Q and ensure open and fair competition at our schools by serving on the “Measure Q Bond Oversight Committee.” The deadline to apply is today, Friday February 20th, but it is easy to apply by going to: http://www.rsccd.edu/Bond-Projects/Measure-Q/Pages/Oversight-Committee-Application.aspx

The Rancho Santiago Community College District includes Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. Although students may come from elsewhere, the district covers homes in Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Tustin and Irvine. Measure Q is $198 million in bonds "for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities ... or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities."

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC) are committed to highlighting the wasteful deal for Big Labor that was placed on the last school bond (Measure E) for the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD.) More importantly, ABC and CFEC will demand answers in the coming weeks from the RSCCD Trustees on whether a controversial PLA will be used on the Measure Q construction funds.

Why are PLAs so troubling? PLAs force workers to pay union dues, pay into union pension plans, be hired through a union hiring hall, and explicitly forbid non-union apprentices from working at all. Because of these implicitly and explicitly discrimination provisions they reduce the desire of non-union contractors to bid such work thus reducing competition and increasing costs.

Once again, if you are interested in helping fight the PLA on Measure Q and ensure open and fair competition at our schools by serving on the “Measure Q Bond Oversight Committee, the deadline to apply is today, Friday February 20th, but it is easy to apply by going to
http://www.rsccd.edu/Bond-Projects/Measure-Q/Pages/Oversight-Committee-Application.aspx. If you need any assistance filling out the application, please contact me on my cell phone at 714-600-6250 or email deverett@abcsocal.net.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep California a state where everyone is free to work regardless of their affiliation with Big Labor. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
ABC Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92807
deverett@abcsocal.net
Cell: 714-600-6250
Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318
Fax: (714) 779-3193
"Champions of Free Enterprise"
/






Rancho Santiago CCD Seeks Volunteers for Measure Q Bond Oversight Committee

2/6/2013
February 6, 2013

Application Deadline: February 22

(Santa Ana)—Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) seeks qualified community residents to serve on its Measure Q Bond Oversight Committee, a condition of voter approval of Measure Q under Proposition 39. All committee members serve in an uncompensated capacity for terms of two years, and not exceeding two consecutive terms. Committee members must be at least 18 years of age and may not be an employee or official of the college district, nor a vendor, contractor or consultant of RSCCD.

Applications are sought from persons who are active in one of the following groups: the business community within the Santa Ana College Improvement District No. 1, a recognized taxpayer organization, a senior citizens’ organization, a Santa Ana College student enrolled and active in a college support group or student government, and a member of the Santa Ana College Foundation or other community college support organization. In addition, two community-at-large representatives are sought.

For consideration, please submit a completed application form and a letter of interest. The letter must include a summary of qualifications and explanation of the applicant’s interest in serving on the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered for appointment. Mail or deliver applications to Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D.; Chancellor; Rancho Santiago Community College District; 2323 N. Broadway: Suite 410, Santa Ana, CA 92706-1640. Applications must be received no later than Friday, February 22, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.

Measure Q was approved by the electorate of the Santa Ana College Improvement District No. 1 of the RSCCD on November 6, 2012. This measure authorizes RSCCD to issue up to $198 million in general obligation bonds to finance renovation, repair and construction at Santa Ana College. The RSCCD Board of Trustees must select candidates to serve on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee to oversee the application of bond funds by April 5, 2013.

For more information and an application form, call Debra Gerard at (714) 480-7450 or visit
www.rsccd.edu/COCApplication
.

About the Rancho Santiago Community College District
The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is to respond to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide programs and services that reflect academic excellence. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of RSCCD, which serve the residents of Anaheim Hills, East Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, customized training for business and industry, and programs to train nurses, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

# # #




[-] less

ABC Launches Political Advocacy App

ABC Launches Political Advocacy App Feb. 6 ABC launched the ABC Action app that enables users to become a vital part of ABC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and further the merit... [+] more

 

ABC Launches Political Advocacy App


Feb. 6 ABC launched the ABC Action app that enables users to become a vital part of ABC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and further the merit shop philosophy. The app is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

The ABC Action app allows users to easily respond to action alerts and quickly communicate with their federal representatives on policy and regulatory issues critical to the construction industry.

The app features:

- Instant notifications for grassroots and legislative alerts

- Detailed contact information for your federal representatives

- Voting history for your federal representatives on key ABC issues
- One-click messaging to your member of congress
-
Easy information sharing with others via E-mail, FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter


Amplifying ABC’s voice is critical to defending and advancing the merit shop philosophy in Washington, D.C. We encourage you to download the ABC Action app and spread the word to your family, friends and employees.

*For those who previously downloaded ABC's LegCon 2012 App, the new ABC Action app will appear as an update to the LegCon 2012 app.

Download for iPhone at the iTunes store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id538143167
Download for Android at the Google Play store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/


 

[-] less

Court Dumps Illegal NRLB Appointments & Newport Beach Drops Prevailing Wage

I just wanted to let our ABC members and merit shop supporters know about two exciting developments in the fight for employment freedom - one at the federal level and one at the local level. ... [+] more

 

I just wanted to let our ABC members and merit shop supporters know about two exciting developments in the fight for employment freedom - one at the federal level and one at the local level. Just this week, a court threw out President Obama's illegal recess appointments to the NRLB which means that anyone facing an adverse decision issued by the Board since that time may appeal the ruling. Our local victory is in the City of Newport Beach where the City Council voted to save taxpayers millions of dollars by exempting the city from so-called "prevailing wages" on city construction.

Please click this link to write or email the Newport Beach City Council and thank them for this brave vote to protect taxpayers!


Thank you for your continued efforts to keep California a state where everyone is free to work regardless of their affiliation with Big Labor. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
ABC Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92807
deverett@abcsocal.net
Cell: 714-600-6250
Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318
Fax: (714) 779-3193
"Champions of Free Enterprise"

/


Court Throws Out President Obama's Illegal Recess Appointments To The NRLB
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a major decision in a case known as "Noel Canning v National Labor Relations Board." The Court ruled President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill NLRB vacancies with Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin. "Employers across America thank the Court for its decision to strike down a political, partisan move by the administration to pack the NLRB with illegal recess appointees," said Coalition for a Democratic Workplace chairman Geoffrey Burr. "This is a major milestone in reining in an out-of-control federal agency seemingly bent on enacting Big Labor's special interest agenda." This means according to the DC Circuit, the Board lost its quorum when former Member Becker's term expired on Jan 3, 2012. Anyone facing an adverse decision issued by the Board since that time may appeal the ruling to the DC Circuit.


Court: Obama NLRB recess appointments unconstitutional

By Natalie Jennings , Updated: January 25, 2013
A federal appeals court panel unanimously agreed that President Obama
violated the Constitution last year by
appointing three members to the National Labor Relations Board
while the Senate was not technically in recess, circumventing
Senate Republicans who had held up his picks for months.
The D.C. circuit court’s ruling could also raise questions about Obama’s
recess appointment of
Richard Cordray
to lead the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau, which is being challenged in a separate case.
If the ruling stands, it would invalidate all the decisions made by the
NLRB since the appointees joined the board.
Senate Republicans
filed an amicus brief
in support of the lawsuit, and
they cheered the decision Friday. “The D.C. Circuit Court today
reaffirmed that the Constitution is not an inconvenience but the law of the l
and, agreeing with the owners of a family-owned business who brought
the case to the Court,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said
in a statement. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called on the two NLRB
board members in question to resign immediately.
Read the full AP story
here
.
© The Washington Post Company


_________________________________________________________________________________


Newport Beach Saves Taxpayers Millions of Dollars By Exempting City From So-Called "Prevailing Wages"
Great job Newport Beach City Council! We should all write or email the council and thank them for this brave vote to protect taxpayers. It is so rare to see government officials use so much common sense! The taxpayers of Newport Beach are going to save millions in city tax dollars by using competitive bidding for services and not having to pay state mandated, higher than market value, wages on locally funded projects such as roads, park improvements, sidewalks, alleys and libraries. An August 2003 study from the California Institute for County Government at California State University, Sacramento shows that federal commercial prevailing wage rates and state prevailing wage rates in California are on average 36 percent to 55 percent higher than market wages.



City Eschews Prevailing Wages

The City Council voted to exempt Newport Beach from a state requirement
that compels cities to pay workers prevailing wages.

By
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime
January 24, 2013
In an effort to cut costs, Newport Beach city leaders voted this week to
eschew state requirements that force municipalities to pay contract workers
prevailing wages.
According to a staff report, Newport Beach, a charter city, has the right to
exempt itself from state requirements that workers on public projects be
paid a prevailing wage. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to
exercise the exemption…City Manager Dave Kiff countered that the move
could help the city save money on less-complex projects including
landscape and maintenance work. The city still has the choice to require
prevailing wage on complex projects.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS
Is it a good move for the city to pay workers less than prevailing wages?



[-] less

Union Representa?tive Losses His Cool at a High Speed Rail Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2013 Discriminatory Union Agreement Exposed on California High Speed Rail Project "Union Representative... [+] more

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2013

Discriminatory Union Agreement Exposed on California High Speed Rail Project

"Union Representative Losses His Cool at a High Speed Rail Workshop in Fresno"

FRESNO - At today's High Speed Rail Workshop in Fresno, hosted by the Kern Minority Contractors Association, John Hutson, who claims to be the head of the Fresno Madera Tulare Kings Building Trades Council stormed out of a panel discussion about Project Labor Agreements (PLA) after it was revealed that a proposed PLA, called a Community Benefits Agreement, will shut out local workers on the California High Speed Rail Project.

"I was astonished when what was supposed to be an honest discussion about PLAs and whether they should be used on California's High Speed Rail Project fell apart when ABC exposed that the draft PLA was highly discriminatory," commented Nicole Goehring with the Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter. "It was sad that Mr. Hutson resorted to personal attacks and stormed off the panel and out of the building."

Eric Christen with the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, another panelist along with Ms. Goehring and Mr. Hutson was even more offended, "Mr. Hutson couldn't even have an educated discussion on the matter. In his opening remarks he resorted to name calling, derogatory statements and even hurled insults at my children." Christen added, "When an organization like the Building Trades Council who claims to be the voice for workers is unable to have a healthy conversation about discriminatory PLAs, how can workers and taxpayers be assured of their true intentions?"

The Associated Builders and Contractors exposed the discriminatory language in the PLA that shuts out a majority of the workers in California's Central Valley. One example is the referral language on page 16 (section 7.1.2) of the agreement that prevents contractors from hiring their own employees. Not only do workers have to hire all employees through the union hall, they are also prohibited from using more than five of their own employees. This agreement clearly eliminates 83% of qualified workers in California that are not signatory to a union. Where do the unions expect to get the trained workers for this project from out of State?

General Contractor Joe Garcia, a local Fresno contractor specializing in prevailing wage work stated, "I took time away from my workday to be here to discuss this important issue on behalf of my employees that prefer to work in a merit shop environment. The antics displayed today represent the reason why I left the Union many years ago. The taxpayers and voters of California should be deeply concerned about the union favoritism displayed in this agreement."

To read the PLA, Community Benefit Agreement, go to:
http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/assets/0/443/545/546/1f1c2054-a2a1-4308-928f-71d44c504612.pdf. Video from today's event can be found at: http://youtu.be/0kFhhJJULNA or http://youtu.be/pj2XyUMwgRo

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) is a national construction association representing more than 22,000 construction and construction-related firms with 74 chapters across the United States. ABC is the only construction trade association providing value-added services throughout the entire channel of general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, design professionals and associates. To learn more about discriminatory PLA's visit the truthaboutplas.com.

###

CONTACT: NICOLE GOEHRING
CELL:
209-482-1697

CONTACT: ERIC CHRISTEN

CELL: 858-431-6337

[-] less

ABC to participate in TODAY's California High Speed Rail Conference on PLAs

Associated Builders and Contractors to participate on Project Labor Agreement Panel at 6th Annual Central Valley High Speed Rail Conference Contact: Nicole... [+] more

Associated Builders and Contractors to participate on Project Labor Agreement Panel at 6th Annual Central Valley High Speed Rail Conference

Contact:

Nicole Goehring

For Immediate Release

nicole@abcnorcal.org

January 11, 2013

(925) 960-8513

 


During today's 6th Annual San Joaquin Valley Region Public Contracting / Central Valley High Speed Rail Conference / Expo (Jobs & Contracts), there will be a round table discussion about Project Labor Agreements for the construction of the High Speed Rail.

The meeting will take place at 1:30pm in the Sequoia Ballroom at the Downtown Fresno Radisson Hotel & Convention Center and will be moderated by Kathleen Ellis Faulkner, Esq. Speakers will include Nicole Goehring, Government Affairs Director for the Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter and Eric Christen, Executive Director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction. Also invited to participate on the panel are representatives from SB/DBE Trade Groups, CHSRA, Fresno Local Groups and the Union.

At its December 6, 2012 meeting, theboard of directorsof theCalifornia High-Speed Rail Authorityunanimously approved aresolutionto establish a“Community Benefits” policy for construction of California’s high-speed rail systemwith the goal of enhancing employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged and low-income workers, veterans, youth, unemployed, homeless, single parents, and people with criminal records. It will “ensure that California benefits as much as possible.” Also at the meeting, Chairman Richard admitted there would be some form of Project Labor Agreement on the project.

Over the past year, ABC of California and merit shop trade associations have repeatedly asked the California High Speed Rail Authority for a Fair and Open Competition policy on the construction of the $68 billion-$100 billion rail system to ensure opportunities for all workers and will continue its efforts during the panel roundtable discussion.

According towww.unionstats.com, 83% of California construction workers do not belong to a union and local workers could be shut out from job opportunities to work on the high speed rail to out of state workers if a Project Labor Agreement is put in place.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the panel and can register for the conference at http://sjvannualpce.eventbrite.com/#.

________

The Problem with Project Labor Agreements

Under this Agreement, all construction work done under these contracts must be performed by union-only signatory construction workers.

Among other things, the PLA will force non-union contractors and their workers to pay union dues, pay into union benefit programs, require all employees to be hired through a union-hiring hall to get work, and would allow for union-only apprentices on the project. By unnecessarily limiting bidders and following outdated and inefficient union work rules, union-only PLAs consistently drive up costs to the taxpayers. Several academic studies indicate PLAs increase the cost of construction between 10 percent and 20 percent when compared to similar projects not subject to union-only PLAs.

Nicole Goehring is the Government Affairs Director of Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter. Visit www.thetruthaboutplas.com for the latest news, facts, studies and current information about PLAs before you make any decisions to limit competition for public contracts.

[-] less

Federal PLA Threat: Edwards Air Force Base

ABC SoCal wanted to make our members doing work in Los Angeles or San Bernardino aware of a Federal PLA threat at Edwards Air Force Base. There is over $30 million dollars of work on the line... [+] more

 

ABC SoCal wanted to make our members doing work in Los Angeles or San Bernardino aware of a Federal PLA threat at Edwards Air Force Base. There is over $30 million dollars of work on the line and we need the merit shop supporters to make their voices heard!

The construction community is invited to comment on the use of PLAs. Of particular interest to the Government are responses to the following questions:

•(1) Should PLAs be executed on selected large dollar contracts in San Bernardino County, CA?

•(2) Are there concerns by prime contractors on the availability of skilled construction labor?

•(3) Would a PLA benefit a project which contains a unique and compelling mission-critical schedule?

•(4) What type of project should not be considered for PLA clauses?

•(5) What is the time impact to the completion of the contract due to a PLA?

•(6) What is the cost impact to the bid/proposal due to a PLA?

•(7) What other factors should the Corps consider before deciding to include a PLA provision in a Los Angeles District contract?

This is NOT a Request for Proposals and does not constitute any commitment by the Government. Responses to this labor
market survey will be used by the Government to make appropriate acquisition decisions. All interested parties must respond to future solicitation announcements separately from responses to this labor market survey. Responses should be received prior to 2:00 PM local time on January 9, 2013.

Responses should be sent to:
US Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: Contracting Division
C/O Lucia A. Carvajal
915 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1440
Los Angeles, CA 90017
lucia.a.carvajal@usace.army.mil
Phone: 2134523240

Here is a link to the full request for comment:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=list&tab=list&_nfound=1. Just search for Solicitation Number: W912PL-13-PLA-0001.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep California a state where everyone is free to work regardless of their affiliation with Big Labor. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
ABC Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92807
deverett@abcsocal.net
Cell: 714-600-6250
Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318
Fax: (714) 779-3193
"Champions of Free Enterprise"
/

[-] less

NAVFAC Issues PLA Survey For San Diego Medical Center HVAC Work

If your company is an interested federal contractor and supporter of fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects, we need your help! This week Naval Facilities Engineering... [+] more

 

If your company is an interested federal contractor and supporter of fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects, we need your help!

This week Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) issued a second survey requesting information from the construction industry about the potential use of a project labor agreement (PLA) for HVAC and ductwork repairs for Phase 2 and 3 of building 1H at the San Diego Naval Medical Center in Calif.

NAVFAC originally issued a PLA survey as part of a sources sought notice due Oct. 15. However, they did not receive any responses to the PLA survey as part of the sources sought notice so
they have reissued the PLA survey
. Tell NAVFAC that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.

Responses must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 3:00 p.m. PT via email to
Gene Romig or mail to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, Coastal IPT, Attn: Gene Romig / Code RUA00.LR
, 2730 McKean St., Building 291, Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, CA 92136.

Below is a SAMPLE word document template contractors can use to respond to the PLA survey. Please customize the response as much as possible and rename the document file if you use this helpful resource.

Please bcc ABC National Director of Labor and Federal Procurement Ben Brubeck at
brubeck@abc.org and ABC Southern California Government Affairs Director Dave Everett at deverett@abcsocal.net
on any PLA survey responses in the event we need to take additional steps to defeat the PLA.

NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued dozens of
similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama's pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502
encourages federal agencies to mandate PLAs on a case-by-case basis for federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost.

ABC has taken the opportunity to respond to all PLA surveys as they are issued and encourages the merit shop contracting community to do the same. Responding with accurate and timely information is critical and effective at creating more work for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees

Thanks for taking a few moments of your time to protect fair and open competition on taxpayer funded construction contracts.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
ABC Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92807
deverett@abcsocal.net
Cell: 714-907-3442
Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318
Fax: (714) 779-3193
"Champions of Free Enterprise"
/



SAMPLE LETTER


PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT INQUIRY FORM
NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND SOUTHWEST

Project Title: RM009-10 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Ductwork Repairs, Building 1H (Phases 2 and 3), Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA – Design Build

Solicitation Number (if applicable): N62473-13-R-4204

Please provide your view on Project Labor Agreements (PLA) for this project:

1.Would a PLA advance the Federal Government’s interests in achieving economy and efficiency for this project? If not, why?

No. INSERT FIRM NAME is opposed to government-mandated PLAs because these agreements typically restrict competition, increase costs, create delays, discriminate against nonunion employees and place merit shop contractors at a significant competitive disadvantage. Government-mandated PLAs are nothing more than anti-competitive schemes that end open and fair bidding on taxpayer-funded projects.

NAVFAC should allow its contractors—the only parties with experience in labor-management relations in the construction industry, and the only ones that would be subject to the terms and conditions of any PLA—to decide whether a PLA is appropriate for a particular project.NAVFAC should expect contractors to voluntarily execute any PLA that would lower their costs, make them more competitive and help them meet project schedules and federal contracting requirements.

If NAVFAC were to require a PLA on the Naval Medical Center project it would increase costs and create inefficiencies for contractors and NAVFAC procurement officials that could jeopardize the budget and schedule of these projects for numerous reasons.

First, even though wage and benefit rates are set by federal prevailing wage rules via the Davis-Bacon Act, merit shop contractors will experience increased labor costs under typical PLAs due to inefficient union work rules and requirements of double payment into union and existing nonunion pension and benefit plans.

Second, a PLA mandate makes submitting a bid more expensive, as contractors will be faced with increased legal and administrative costs if they are forced to negotiate a PLA and/or comply with a PLA (especially if they are unfamiliar with operating under these union contracts).

Third, because PLAs discourage competition from qualified prime contractors and subcontractors, overall bid prices will increase when there is less competition from a smaller pool of qualified competitors.

A number of studies have demonstrated that PLAs increase costs—typically in the range of 12 percent to 18 percent when compared to similar non-PLA projects.

Fourth, construction industry attorneys believe federal PLA mandates are illegal and violate a number of federal laws that govern federal procurement. NAVFAC will expose itself to costly litigation and related delays if it mandates a PLA or uses a PLA preference.

Finally, just 16.9 percent of California’s construction workforce belongs to a union. That number is likely smaller in the San Diego region.In addition, small businesses are less likely to be unionized than larger companies and unionized contractors are more likely to support and receive benefit from a PLA. So by mandating a PLA, NAVFAC would effectively limit participation from the majority of California’s construction workforce and reduce competition from otherwise qualified small and disadvantaged contractors and subcontractors who deserve a chance to compete on a level playing field for taxpayer funded construction contracts.

2.What is your position on whether or not a PLA would result in producing labor-management stability?

There is no persuasive (much less conclusive) evidence that a government-mandated PLA would increase the already considerable stability of labor-management relations in the San Diego area.We have completed numerous strike-free projects without PLAs; obviously that stability is not dependent on PLAs, nor does it necessarily flow from such agreements.

While a PLA might solve some labor-management problems unique and endemic to union contractors, a PLA can also exacerbate such problems for both union and nonunion contractors.First, strikes, lockouts, jurisdictional disputes, and similar work disruptions rarely, if ever, occur when merit shop contractors run a jobsite.Second, a government-mandated PLA can actually cause friction that would not otherwise exist by forcing a new labor framework onto previously nonunion employees, by forcing contractors to assign work in unusual ways that differ from their standard practices, and by otherwise altering the well-established status quo.

Third, a PLA cannot, as a practical matter, prevent any and all strikes, lockouts and similar job disruptions.There is compelling evidence that demonstrates PLAs aren’t effective at preventing strikes, notwithstanding the no-strike provisions including in the PLAs. For example, during the summer of 2011, strikes on PLA projects occurred on five projects in the New York City area and in Indiana, a number of public projects in the Chicago area in 2010 and on a private project in Chicago in 2006. In 1999, union carpenters working on the union-only San Francisco Airport expansion struck over wages even though their union had signed a PLA.The union electricians, plumbers and painters also went on strike in support of the union carpenters. The strike cost $1 million. The project, which was already a month behind schedule, lost even more time.

Finally, in today’s construction marketplace, strikes are rare and many union collective bargaining agreements already contain a promise against strikes, so the alleged need to enter into a PLA to prevent labor unrest may be a moot point.Before deciding whether a PLA is appropriate for NAVFAC work, it is important for NAVFAC officials to become familiar with the collective bargaining agreements of trade unions that may work on the San Diego Naval Medical Center and have jurisdiction in NAVFAC Southwest.

3.If a PLA is implemented on this project, how would it assist with compliance of laws and regulations governing safety and health, equal employment opportunity, labor and employment standards, and other matters? If it would not, please explain.

It is unclear how a PLA would advance compliance with safety, health, EEOC, labor and employment standards and regulations on this project, as federal contractors already are subject to these rules, regulations and penalties without a PLA. Numerous federal agencies are charged with enforcing and monitoring contractor compliance with labor and employment laws. If contractors are not complying with any of the laws, the appropriate government enforcement agency will find, correct and punish violators.

The public record does not support claims of increased safety on construction sites as a result of government-mandated PLAs. To the contrary, during the last several years PLA construction projects have been cited numerous times for serious safety violations. Many of these safety violations caused fatalities and serious injuries to workers and bystanders.

Other laws and regulations have been violated on government-mandated PLA projects too. For example, in 2010 a private audit found violations by 55 contractors working on a $150 million high school under a PLA mandated by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The violations included inadequate supervision of workers and performing work under expired or suspended licenses.

There are numerous examples across the country of PLA projects experiencing violations of federal laws, proving that a PLA does not guarantee compliance with important laws and regulations, despite promises by PLA proponents.

Finally, a PLA will make it more difficult for NAVFAC to meet their small and disadvantaged business goals because these firms are primarily nonunion and generally opposed to PLA mandates.

4.Will this project require multiple construction contractors and/or subcontractors that will employ workers in multiple crafts or trades?

Probably. This is not unusual on a large-scale federal construction project and a PLA is not needed to handle this project feature.

5.Do you anticipate a shortage of skilled labor in the region for this construction project? If not, why?

A shortage of union and nonunion skilled tradesmen in this area is very unlikely. This region has not been spared from multiple years of a high unemployment rate within the construction industry. It currently stands at 11.9 percent nationally, but the real industry unemployment number is much higher as many construction workers have turned to employment opportunities in other industries.

If anything, a PLA may exacerbate shortages of skilled labor by discouraging competition and discriminating against the area’s existing qualified nonunion construction workforce.

In contrast, a lack of a PLA does not discourage or restrict union members from working on these projects and the Davis-Bacon Act already requires essentially union scale wages and benefits for this project.

6.Would a PLA assist or hinder you in recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce for this project?

A PLA may exacerbate shortages of skilled labor by discriminating against and discouraging competition from the qualified employers of the area’s existing skilled nonunion construction workforce. In California, 83.1 percent of the private construction workforce does not belong to a union. The number is even greater in the San Diego region. A PLA would hurt the majority of workers in this area for no good reason.

7.Do you anticipate a skilled labor shortages resulting from competition within the contractor community arising from concurrent large-scale construction contracts in the project vicinity?

[Provide Answer.]

8.What expected costs, benefits, and/or savings would you anticipate if a PLA is implemented? If no savings are anticipated, please explain.

We don’t even know the terms and conditions of the PLA yet, nor do we know how and at what stage the PLA will be implemented in NAVFAC’s procurement process, so it is difficult to make these predictions. However, I would expect a PLA to increase costs, at a minimum, between 12 percent and 18 percent.

For example, last year, data from the San Diego Unified School District’s new PLA mandate policy found on average, SDUSD is receiving fifty percent fewer bidders and paying a 21.9 percent premium for projects bid under PLA mandates compared to similar non PLA projects. This local example, as well as numerous anecdotes of projects bid with and without PLAs across the country, indicates how PLAs increase costs and reduce competition.

There are a number of studies on the impact of PLAs on cost and competition at
www.TheTruthAboutPLAs.com and www.abc.org/plastudies.

9.Has your company been awarded any projects using a PLA? If yes, please state project information and a brief overview of the results/benefits of working within a PLA.

[Provide Answer.]

10.Is there a possibility you would utilize any union workers on this project?

[Provide Answer.]

11.Does your company have or support any apprentice programs designed to develop skilled workers? If yes, please describe.

[Insert information about local registered apprenticeship programs and/or craft training programs that you or the contracting community participate in to help develop tomorrow’s workforce. Also explain how these workers would be barred from working on a PLA project because they are not enrolled in apprenticeship program run by unions.]

Sincerely,

[Company Contact Information]




[-] less

Takano & Medina Choosing Their Special Interest Friends Over Our Kids

COST REVEALED FOR TAKANO & MEDINA CHOOSING THEIR SPECIAL INTEREST FRIENDS OVER OUR KIDS New website shows negative impact of PLA mandates on school construction projects (RIVERSIDE) -... [+] more

 


COST REVEALED FOR TAKANO & MEDINA CHOOSING THEIR SPECIAL INTEREST FRIENDS OVER OUR KIDS

New website shows negative impact of PLA mandates on school construction projects

(RIVERSIDE) - Taxpayers deserve the most for their money. But wasteful and unfair mandates often mean we only get four schools for the price of five. That’s bad for our communities, our kids and our coffers.

These mandates, called project labor agreements (PLAs), are also the wrong lesson for our kids. While we teach students about fair play and hard work, PLA mandates deprive the 86 percent of America’s construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor organization of the opportunity to work and advance.

Now, two PLA supporters are asking taxpayers to give them a promotion. After passing a costly PLA for their special interest friends, Riverside Community College District Trustees Mark Takano and Jose Medina are asking the voters of Riverside County to elect them to U.S. Congress and the California State Assembly respectively.

“Politicians from both sides of the aisle are trying to balance budgets and rein in the special interest giveaways that are bankrupting our state and nation,” said Dave Everett, Government Affairs Director for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Southern California. “This new website shows the negative impact of PLA mandates on school construction projects and reminds us that Takano and Medina choose their Special Interest friends over our kids. Our children can’t afford Mark Takano in Washington DC. Our children can’t afford Jose Medina in Sacramento.”

The negative impact of project labor agreement (PLA) mandates can be felt most severely when they are applied to local projects–particularly school construction projects.

While local governments are watching the tax revenue they need to invest in public education dry up, PLA mandates are unnecessarily increasing construction costs for schools by as much as 18 percent. The effect is that local taxpayers are deprived of the value they deserve on public construction.

In addition, PLA’s make it nearly impossible for the 86 percent of the construction workforce that chooses not to join a union to compete effectively for projects that are funded by their own tax dollars, in their own community.

Learn more about the negative impact of PLA mandates on school construction projects at www.buildmoreschools.com .

###

For Immediate Release:
August 20, 2012
Contact: Dave Everett
(714) 600-6250

[-] less

Stand with the Costa Mesa City Council

ABC Members, We need your help this Tuesday night. It is ABC SoCal’s #1 priority this November. If we ABC members don’t show up to support the Costa Mesa City Council as they... [+] more

 

ABC Members,

We need your help this Tuesday night. It is ABC SoCal’s #1 priority this November.

If we ABC members don’t show up to support the Costa Mesa City Council as they look to pass their city charter, then only Big Labor and their special interests friends will be there. We can’t miss this opportunity to speak out about the importance of free and fair competition!


Whether you attend and speak from your heart, read one of our brief 2 min. statements into the public record or just sit in the audience with your "I Support The Costa Mesa Charter" sticker on - your attendance is critical.

As you know, unless you are a charter city, you are subject to the State Legislature’s endless over-regulation. As cities all over California are going bankrupt, it has become clear that local cities can manage their money better than the special interests in Sacramento.

We need your help to keep Sacramento off the back of our local cities!

Please join us to support these important reforms (and for some pizza) Tuesday night at 6:30p.m. outside, in front of City Hall.

We ask that our members meet at the Costa Mesa City Hall at 6:30 p.m. and to wear a red shirt in solidarity with the council as they become our local model of government reform. Also, there is strength in numbers and we urge you to bring a friend.

What: Costa Mesa City Council Meeting

Where: Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA

When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Our message is going to be, "Cities need to have control of their own spending so they are not passing these huge debts onto the next generation. You see cities going bankrupt from these debts and we are here to thank the Costa Mesa city council for addressing these problems head-on and for not passing the buck on to our kids like so many other cities are doing up and down the state."

ABC has many members that live in Costa Mesa and who are impacted everyday by the out of control government spending.

This charter also ensures free and fair competition when awarding city projects. And as we all know, when the process doesn’t contain special interest deals for Big Labor, ABC members do very well because we believe that economy is incumbent upon all branches of government and that government should award contracts to the lowest responsible bidder only.

Please join us Tuesday, July 31st, at the Costa Mesa City Council meeting, to support one of the few city councils in California with the courage to address this problem head-on.

If you can attend, please email
deverett@abcsocal.net or call my cell at 714-600-6250. Please help us stand up for open and fair competition!

Dave Everett
Government Affairs Director
ABC Southern California Chapter
1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92807
Cell:
714-600-6250
deverett@abcsocal.net

[-] less

Meet Labor Commissioner Julie Su

Hello : Often times in the building and construction industry, we feel as if endless regulation comes out of Sacramento, with little to no input from the people who actually have to deal... [+] more

 

Hello :

Often times in the building and construction industry, we feel as if endless regulation comes out of Sacramento, with little to no input from the people who actually have to deal with these regulations. And many times, even once implemented, it is difficult to find the appropriate person in the state bureaucracy to voice your concerns to.

Well, wait no longer. Your chance to talk to a state regulator is here!

Tomorrow, July 24, from 10am-noon, we are fortunate to have the Labor Commissioner Julie Su, and other enforcement agency chiefs speak to their construction enforcement efforts.


At this event participants will be able to ask questions and better understand enforcement efforts by various state agencies. This event is open to all construction related associations and construction company owners.


Please RSVP, if you have not already, and forward this to invite others who may not be in our distribution! The attachment is a flyer that you may also use to distribute. CSLB and CDI last week issued 104 enforcement actions for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance, under-reporting the number of workers to obtain cheaper insurance premiums and to pay less payroll withholding tax, and cash payment to hide unregulated practices.


Let’s remind Commissioner Su that ABC of California has been a long time partner in efforts to crackdown on scoff law contractors.


Let’s also encourage her to push for the Administration’s support of SB 1370 (Berryhill) to provide for best possible info in one place for contractors on the myriad of prevailing wage requirements scattered throughout California statutes. Currently, the ABC California-sponsored SB 1370 , which provides for a one-stop web-based listing of all projects subject to state mandated construction wage rates on the Department of Industrial Relations website, is being held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee with no hearing date set.


Administration support of this common-sense legislation would be very helpful.


If you would like to join us to express your concerns to Labor Commissioner Julie Su on these or any other construction related issues you might have, please rsvp to Brad Diede at 916-973-2925 or bdiede@calpasc.org. This event is being held at the offices of the Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, in Santa Ana. This is a free event, but please RSVP so they know how many to expect.


I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to talk to our regulators face-to-face and let them know how their regulations are hurting job creation here in Southern California.

Thank you

Dave Everett

Government Affairs Director

ABC Southern California Chapter

1400 N. Kellogg Drive, Suite A

Anaheim, CA 92807

deverett@abcsocal.net

Cell: 714-600-6250

Ph: (714) 779-3199, ext. 318

Fax: (714) 779-3193

"Champions of Free Enterprise"

/

[-] less

Costa Mesa City Charter - 7-10-12 Meeting

We need your help tomorrow night. ABC members are showing up en masse to support the Costa Mesa City Council as they look to ensure free and fair competition. Please join us to support these... [+] more

 

 

 


Sponsors