FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2013
TEA PARTY OPPOSES $100 million Project Labor Agreement for Coast Colleges Measure M
COSTA MESA, CA – Newport Mesa Tea Party Patriots today announces its opposition to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for Coast Colleges’ $698M Measure M bond projects. “The Tea Party stands for free markets. Limiting competition to favored groups is the rankest form of favoritism” declared Tom Pollitt.
Project Labor Agreements increase project costs 13% to 15% according to a 2011 report by the National University Institute for Policy Research. The Institute studied 551 California school projects from 1995-2009. 13% to 15% is a $100 million increase to Coast Colleges building projects.
“A PLA is the poster child of government waste. Taxpayers can ill afford wasting $100 million for political cronyism” concluded Tom Pollitt.
Editorial: Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are not good for anyone
A PLA is not good for Coast Community College District or anyone else.
On Wednesday night the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees will once again discuss and vote on the need to sign a Project Labor Agreement for the Measure M bond money. This is back again in front of the board because Jerry Patterson can’t let go of the union cuff. He and Jim Moreno have done everything possible to cajole and twist board members Grant, Hornbuckle and especially Prinsky to drink the union Kool Aid.
The issue is simple and straight forward: does the Board want to arbitrarily reduce the amount of the bond money for buildings by 15 to 18% so they can say they are lock and step with the union’s false claims that the work will be safer and of better quality?
It’s a known fact that union contracted work only represents 15% of all construction nationwide. As president and partner of a local construction company, I’m well aware of the union tactics in intimidating school and college districts of what will happen if you hire those “untrained scab non-union trades people”.
Numerous times I have been asked by private school clients to bid certain trades with union subcontractors due to some business agent’s threats of potential shoddy workmanship or safety issues. We oblige their request as I believe in open competition and a free marketplace. When the numbers come in and they realize the union subcontractor is almost 20% higher, I give them the choice as it’s their money. Seldom do they pay the extra cost.
But Measure M is our money voted on by the taxpayers, not private money. Instead of a PLA, let the unions bid the work head to head with the non-union shops and see where the numbers fall. Stay clear when the doors open from the bid opening as the union agents scurry their way to the next College Board meeting in a town near you.
Bill Dunlap, DBIA
Slater Builders, Inc.
3100-B Pullman Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Property taxes for 2002 Coast Measure C are $18.81 per $100,000 this year; more than the $16.76 per $100,000 property valuation promised.
OC Taxpayers Association President Carolyn Cavecche, College District Changes its tune http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/bond-501793-district-college.html
Scott Martindale, Union-only O.C. hiring pacts raise alarms, OC Register, printed 4/3 (online 4/2)
OC Register Editorial: Playing fair means no PLA, printed 4/3 (online 4/2)
PLAs bad for taxpayers, competition, Phil Yarbrough, Rancho Santiago Community Colleges trustee, 4/3 article attached
Scott Martindale, OC Register, online 4/5, printed 4/6 Coast district delays decision on union-only labor pact http://www.ocregister.com/news/district-502672-union-coast.html
OC Register Editorial: No pro-union pact at CCCD online 4/5,
Speak up at the CCCD Board meeting, tomorrow May 15 at 6PM.
Agenda Item 22.01, Community Workforce Agreement
Email the trustees:
|Trustees||Term of Office|
|Lorraine Prinsky, President||12/2012 – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mary L. Hornbuckle, Vice President||12/2012 – email@example.com|
|Jerry Patterson, Clerk of the Board||12/2012 – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jim Moreno, Trustee||12/2010 – email@example.com|
|David A. Grant, Trustee||12/2010 – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kolby Z. Keo, Student Trustee||1/2013 – email@example.com|