San Francisco may ensure publicly funded projects through such city departments like Public Works or Recreation and Park are covered by a joint labor union agreement benefiting local unions under a proposal introduced Tuesday by Supervisor Mark Farrell.
Farrell’s legislation, called Citywide Project Labor Agreement for Public Work or Improvement Projects, would apply to public projects of more than $1 million or those where department heads worry a project delay would impact vital services.
Such agreements are strongly backed by labor unions as they require all workers to pay union dues, require hiring from local union hiring halls and apprenticeship programs, and provide more labor protections.
Critics of such agreements, however, argue they inflate taxpayer costs, cut out smaller minority non-union contractors and reduce competition in bidding on the public projects.
You have to hand it to labor unions in the Bay Area, they’ve come to dominate the political scene in the region through hard work and perseverance. They own every aspect of Bay Area government.
Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner