Contact your Vista school board now, before it’s too late and they vote to increase the costs of your school district construction projects. Here are phone numbers and emails of the school board: CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL BOARD.
Notice that the Vista school district hasn’t posted any additional information for people like YOU about what’s being voted on! Why no information for you? We think the school board and union lobbyists want to keep you ignorant about what they’re doing. (YES, they claim to be in the EDUCATION business, but lately they seem to be in the business of satisfying the demands of CONSTRUCTION UNION LOBBYISTS.)
On September 10, the Vista City Council voted 3-2 for a resolution asking the Vista Unified School District NOT to require construction companies to sign a Project Labor Agreement with unions in order to work on school construction contracts. The resolution text is at Agenda Item D.4 and below.
Please thank the Vista City Councilmembers who voted FOR the resolution to support the Vista Unified School District getting the best work for the best price with fair and open bid competition:
Please remember the Vista City Councilmembers who voted AGAINST the resolution. Do they represent YOUR interests or the interests of union lobbyists who want to control school district construction contracts?
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CHARTERED CITY OF VISTA, CALIFORNIA, OPPOSING VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUIRING BUSINESSES TO SIGN A PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT WITH LABOR UNIONS AS A CONDITION OF WORKING ON CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS
The City Council of the City of Vista does resolve as follows:
1. Findings. The City Council hereby finds and declares the following:
A. The people of the City of Vista desire the Vista Unified School District to pursue its constitutional duty to its students to promote a general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence, being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people;
B. The people of the City of Vista recognize the inadequacies of educational facilities at the Vista Unified School District as it pursues its constitutional duty for students, particularly in the District’s extensive use of temporary trailers as classrooms;
C. The people of the City of Vista and the Vista Unified School District authorized the District in November 2018 to borrow up to $247,000,000 through the issuance of bonds to improve its educational facilities for students;
D. Ballot information and voter guides did not indicate to the people of the City of Vista and the Vista Unified School District that the District intended to require businesses to sign a ” Project Labor Agreement” with labor unions as a condition of working on construction contracts funded by the proceeds of these bond issuances; in fact, the ballot statement stated explicitly that “Use of a Project Labor Agreement is not currently envisioned,” thus providing assurances to the voters that the District would not impose such a mandate;
E. A mandate from the Vista Unified School District for businesses to enter into a Project Labor Agreement as a condition of working on construction contracts is anticipated to reduce bid competition and increase costs of improving educational facilities, and as a result will compromise the ability of the District to pursue its constitutional duty for students;
F. By mandating a Project Labor Agreement, the Vista Unified School District will substantially reduce opportunities as cited in its bond measure ballot language to ” repair, upgrade, equip classrooms, science labs, local school facilities supporting college readiness, career preparation, math, science, engineering, technology, skilled trades; repair aging classrooms/schools including deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical; and improve student safety/school security;”
G. The California Education Code and California Labor Code already provide for extensive protections to professional service and trade workers on Vista Unified School District construction contracts, including mandated ” prevailing” wage rates established by the State of California based on the existing union Master Labor Agreements that apply to each trade in San Diego County;
The Vista City Council urges the board of trustees of the Vista Unified School District not to require businesses to sign a Project Labor Agreement with labor unions as a condition of working on construction contracts meant to improve its educational facilities for students.
Your Vista school board will vote on requiring your school district’s construction contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreements with unions on Thursday, September 12 at 5:30 pm at the Morris Vance Community Room, 200 Civic Center Drive in Vista, California 92084.
Vista Unified School District Board – District 1 – Rosemary Smithfield
In November 2010, the people of San Diego County were asked to vote on Measure A, a proposed amendment to the charter (the mini-constitution) of the County of San Diego that prohibits the county government from requiring businesses to sign a Project Labor Agreement with construction unions as a condition of winning a county contract. The proposal passed easily, with 75.8% of voters rejecting costly union favoritism in the awarding of San Diego County contracts.
Like the rest of the county’s voters, a little more than three quarters (75%) of all voters in the cities of Vista (and Oceanside) supported this Project Labor Agreement ban.
In the November 6, 2018 election, 64.21% of voters (32,661 voters) gave the Vista Unified School District permission to borrow $247 million for school construction projects by selling bonds to investors. This money will be paid back to the investors over many years, with interest.
People of Vista and Oceanside! Do you want your school district to be responsible with YOUR money? Do you care about your school district and the teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and STUDENTS? Do you think construction union officials should have control of the district’s construction contracts – paid for by YOU?
Voters – perhaps including you – approved Measure LL in November 2018 to allow the Vista Unified School District to borrow the $247 million. The bond measure included language committing the Vista Unified School District to fair and open competition in bidding for construction contracts. But now unions argue that language approved by voters doesn’t really matter.
Did you know that construction union lobbyists have been meeting with your school board? They want to cut competition and raise costs. They want a monopoly on construction contracts paid for with YOUR tax dollars.
It’s a big secret. But we know about it. Now we’re letting YOU know.