Rewarding union misbehavior in Los Angeles

The new Los Angeles police headquarters is already a fiscal disaster for city taxpayers, with the sole bid for construction $30 million more than estimated. Now the Los Angeles Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote on January 9 to assess taxpayers with more costs resulting from a construction union breaking its promise not to strike.

As part of a Project Labor Agreement signed in 2006, construction unions made a contractual promise not to strike in exchange for a union monopoly to build the police headquarters. The Operating Engineers union went on strike anyway in August, delaying the project by 14 days. Now the city proposes paying $343,000 in overtime wages to the unions to get the project back on schedule. Why are taxpayers rewarding unions for violating the no-strike clause?

- Kevin Korenthal, Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors


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Anonymous said...

Hey, Just wanted to let you know that ABC's information on union-only Project Labor Agreements was moved in the update to the website. It can now be found here.

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