California Lawmakers Pay Back Their Big Labor Allies, Take Steps to Deprive Charter Cities of Local Control

The Truth About PLAs

Elected officials in California have again taken their focus away from solving the troubled state’s problems to give a handout to their Big Labor enablers.

From 2000 to 2011, the merit shop construction community helped local leaders and voters across the state understand that government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) deprive taxpayers of the opportunity to get the best construction at the best price. Eight local communities enacted bans on PLA mandates, including three that did so through citizen initiatives.

Union bosses could feel the ground shifting under them, but were not going to take an assault on their monopoly lying down. As a major political contributor to most of the Democrats in the legislature’s majorities, Big Labor used its leverage to get state legislators to approve S.B. 922 in the closing days of the 2011 legislative session.

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