Statement: “In 2010 November they passed an initiative then that banned project labor agreements at the county level. Every precinct in the county voted in favor of banning project labor agreements,” Eric Christen, executive director of The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, said during a May 7 interview with KPBS.
Determination: Mostly True
Analysis: Less than a month from Election Day, a little-known initiative on the ballot is gaining more attention. Proposition A would ban the city from requiring construction deals called project labor agreements.
The initiative is part of an ongoing battle between non-union contractors and organized labor to influence who will gain from government-funded construction. Both sides believe billions are at stake and have already fought bitter campaigns in Chula Vista, Oceanside and the county.
So far, advocates for non-union contractors have won the ballot battle. And to demonstrate his optimism that San Diego voters will also side with them, Christen recently cited a statistic.