Labor Unions Drop Opposition to Convention Center Expansion

By Nancy Aziz,

Organized labor will drop its opposition to a planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center due to a series of agreements reached with the city and the project contractor, the two sides announced Thursday.

At a news conference attended by Mayor Jerry Sanders, project manager Charles Black, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council CEO Lorena Gonzalez and other officials, it was announced that deals were reached on local hiring rules, worker safety and other contentious issues.
In exchange, unions will drop litigation over the project, end their opposition to an environmental impact report and express their support for the expansion when it is considered by the labor-friendly California Coastal Commission next year.
“We feel now that we’re in a position that it is a good project, that it’s a project that’s going to create a good number of local jobs, good local jobs for construction workers here in San Diego,” Gonzalez said.

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