Court upholds district's right to assure that school construction jobs will employ local residents
January 5, 2010 (San Diego)--San Diego's Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) that sought to halt work performed under the project stabilization agreement (PSA) reached between San Diego Unified School District and construction unions.
The AGC challenged provisions in the PSA that ensure the creation of apprenticeship job opportunities for local residents. Judge Judith Hayes' ruling on December 11 found that the PSA's provisions "are legal and do not violate state law," and that the PSA "does not discriminate against non-union contractors."
The court's decision permits the school district to proceed with building projects that will provide employment for local residents.
"We need to create good jobs in our local communities," said Tom Lemmon, Business Manager of the San Diego Building Trades Council. "We don't want contractors that hire low-paid workers from out-of-town to be able to outbid responsible companies that provide career opportunities for hard-working San Diegans."
To call attention to San Diego's need for local jobs, national AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is coming to town Wednesday to speak about putting San Diegans back to work. A rally with Trumka, organized by the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, will start at 10:30 a.m. on the San Diego Convention Center's South Lawn, 111 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.