Vista City Council Votes for Resolution Opposing Project Labor Agreement on Local School Construction

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:

Mayor Judy Ritter – (760) 639-6130 or jritter [at] cityofvista [dot] com

John Franklin – (760) 689-2220 or  jfranklin [at] cityofvista [dot] com 

Joe Green – (760) 639-6130 or jgreen [at] cityofvista [dot] com

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?

Amanda Young Rigby – (760) 643-5213 or arigby [at] cityofvista [dot] com 

Corinna Contreras – (760) 639-6130 or ccontreras [at] cityofvista [dot] com

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;

2. Action.

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.