Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s bill to reform the San Diego Association of Governments also now gives a boost to local labor unions.
The most recent amendments to the bill make a major change: On any contract worth over $1 million, SANDAG and its subcontractors would need to hire a “skilled and trained workforce,” requiring workers to have graduated from a construction trades apprentice program.
But SANDAG is exempt from the requirement if it agrees to a project labor agreement, or a contract in which a labor union guarantees a construction project has all the workers it needs and in exchange the contractors hire workers through the union and pay into union benefit systems.
That provision joins a host of others in a bill that would remake the powerful regional planning agency. Others would change the voting structure so cities representing a majority of the county’s population could overrule the rest of the board in a vote, establish a new audit committee with an independent auditor and allow the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District themselves to levy taxes, rather than relying on SANDAG for regional revenues.
Gonzalez Fletcher said she added the labor-related provision to address concerns that SANDAG would have a hard time passing another ballot measure in the future after Measure A failed in November.
“We went back and looked at why Measure A failed, and one of the big problems was this hang-up on not having job quality language,” she said. “That’s why the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers and most of labor didn’t support Measure A. It became really contentious, and given how little it lost by, that was a real issue and one that doesn’t seem to be able to be worked out by the board.”
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The defeat of Proposition A may be public thinking the cost - $12,917 per family ($14 billion/1,083,811 households) is not a good use of their income.
Do we need a representative to tell us what is best for us? Evidently no need for referendums anymore.
Lorena, how about a change allowing union labor to park in designated handicapped spots, you've already shown us they need special rules / laws to compete for work? Maybe a little language allowing union member's children to see school tests in advance at school could be added or how about legislating that union members can choose a spouse regardless of the spouse's wishes? I think legislation that addresses height and looks needs to be included, maybe a law stating anyone taller or better looking must stay at least 100' away from union members at all time?
Maybe it's time Lorena Hoffa for you to bring forth legislation to deport all non-union workers or at least levy stiff fines on anyone that refuses to allow a third party to quantify their worth?
Blame politician Lorena Gonzalez for the massive cost of living increases and affordability crisis in CA. Every policy she supports ensures that everyone spends more money for less value.
She and the the CA incubent politicians pat themselves on the back for restrictions that eliminate opportunity for Californians, condemning a third of the state to poverty, in the name of her perverse brand of "justice" and dependency.
What nonsense! Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, ever faithful to her labor union supporters, explains the labor friendly language she put in her SANDAG “reform” bill by claiming it will make it easier to get future money bills past the voters. SANDAG has lost it’s credibility, and losing it’s last appropriations bill happened BEFORE it was common knowledge that SANDAG had been lying to the voters.
It’s going to take a lot more than a mandatory union labor requirement to convince the voters to give SANDAG more money to spend; like, maybe a house cleaning?