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San Diego Votes to Remove Ban on PLAs

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With ‘Yes on D: Safeguard San Diego’, we removed the ban on Project Labor Agreements = more work for local IBEW and Trades members!

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San Diego Votes to Remove Ban on PLAs
San Diego voters on Nov. 8 approved Measure D, which overturned a ban on project labor agreements in the city.

The measure passed by nearly 12 percentage points. The ban dates to 2012, when Republicans controlled city government. The city now has a Democratic mayor, and all nine seats on the city council are held by Democrats.

San Diego, with a population of nearly 1.4 million people, had been the largest city in the United States that banned PLAs. The measure’s win will make the city competitive for state and federal projects, a high priority after the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act were passed by Congress and signed into law by Biden.

The IBEW’s signatory contractors will be more competitive in bidding for contracts against nonunion competitors, who pay lower wages and offer less quality for taxpayers. That will be a major boost for San Diego Local 569, which plans to expand its apprenticeship classes.

“Make no mistake, this was a top priority for all our members,” Local 569 Political Director Gretchen Newsom said. “They walked door to door every single Saturday and Sunday for more than two months. We phone-banked, we text-banked, we pulled out all the stops for a successful campaign while the other side was spending a lot of money against us.”

There’s also some symbolic value in the vote. San Diego will host the next International Convention in 2026.