Catch up on the heated debate between business-backed and
organized labor groups that’s now headed for the 2012 ballot.
File photo by Sam Hodgson
In 2009, protesters gathered outside of San Diego Unified School District's headquarters to oppose a proposed project labor agreement. The pacts are controversial, often pitting labor unions against builders.
Now that proponents of a ballot measure to block labor-friendly construction agreements have gathered enough signatures to qualify their petition for the June 2012 election, it’s spurred another round of heated debate between powerful business and organized labor groups, conservatives and liberals.
Though it’s easy to get lost in the jargon-riddled rhetoric, the issue boils down to money. Both sides view billions of dollars in future public construction projects at stake, and they’ve unloaded campaign treasuries and courted politicians to support their causes.
To help you understand why the debate over project labor agreements has come to San Diego, how the two sides have etched out their positions and the latest developments, here’s a rundown of a few common questions.