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Project labor agreement battle brews over airport expansion project

Posted at 4:01 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 19:02:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Unions were the big winners as the San Diego Airport Authority decided to require contractors to enter into a project labor agreement in a 5-3 vote.

PLA’s entail that unions will not strike and the airport will in turn run all the work through labor unions.

Opposition to the PLA says they are worried the project will be even more costly to accommodate union dues and that non-union local workers
will be excluded from the job.

“It’s completely unfair,” said Steve Stroder, who represents” [they] are being told they can’t work on a project in San Diego.”

Unions say their track record of completing marquee jobs on time like the county courthouse and under budget speaks for itself.

“I mean we’ve proven that we can do this work,” said Keith Maddox of the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council, ”our workers are local.”

The vote will be made after several hours of public testimony.