San Diego Ban on Project Labor Agreements, Proposition A (November 2010)
The ballot question was voted onto the ballot by a 4-1 vote of the San Diego Board of Supervisors. County supervisor Greg Cox voted against putting it on the ballot.
San Diego County already has a county ordinance that bans Project-Labor Agreements. With the enactment of Proposition A on November 2, that ban becomes a part of the county charter.
Proposition A says in part, "Except as required by state or federal law as a contracting or procurement obligation, or as a condition of the receipt of state or federal funds, the county shall not require a contractor on a construction project to execute or otherwise become a party to a project labor agreement as a condition of bidding, negotiating, awarding or performing of a contract."
Election results are from the San Diego County elections division as of November 26, 2010.
A simple majority vote was required for approval.
San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn was an original supporter of the ban. He proposed it in early 2010, but the idea of putting the ban on the November ballot did not gain sufficient traction from other county supervisors until July.
Supporters said that making the ban on Project-Labor Agreements part of the county's charter will make the ban less vulnerable to the shifting fortunes of politics. San Diego County Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price said, "Term limits now makes certain that there will be new supervisors every eight years. We need to put in place mechanisms to ensure and continue the financial solvency of the county." Slater-Price was referring to Measure B, which voters approved on the June 8, 2010 ballot.
Explaining her support for the ban on project-labor agreements, San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob said, "To me, this is about codifying a business practice that has made this board successful."
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council was opposed to the ban.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Proposition A: Shall the San Diego County Charter be amended to prohibit the County from requiring the use of project labor agreements on County construction projects except where required by State or federal law?|
- North County Times, "Voters will get say on labor agreements," July 13, 2010
- KPBS, "SD Supervisors Approve Ballot Measure To Ban Pre-Bid Deals With Labor Unions," August 3, 2010
- Voice of San Diego, "County Spending $100K on Ballot Measure," July 13, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.