Under a project labor agreement the San Diego Unified School District signed in 2009, local workers would build all bond-funded projects over $1 million. But the targets set in the deal still aren’t being met, and new numbers show some targets are slipping slightly further away as more large projects are built.

San Diego Unified officials made big promises to hire local workers when they adopted a project labor agreement for the district’s bond program. But so far just 38 percent of the workers who built bond projects have been residents of the school district. Two members of the independent group that oversees the bond program work for the unions contracted with the district to supply the work force in the labor deal.

To Richard Barrera, his roles as a San Diego Unified trustee and leader within the local labor movement don’t conflict – they complement each other perfectly. On the school board, Barrera led a deal to hire more union workers for school construction projects, helped elect union-backed school board members and selected Cindy Marten as superintendent without a public search.

Thursday’s news means an expansion has become more likely.

Hundreds of millions of dollars could be at stake when San Diego voters decide the merits of project labor agreements this June. Check out this guide to understand the deals and the debate.

Monday’s City Council decision was a foregone conclusion. But the discussion pointed to other decision-points about the project’s future.