By Richard Bammer
It was inevitable: The November passage by Vacaville voters of Measure A, the $194 million school bond, has prompted a Vacaville Unified board meeting to air the pros and cons of project labor agreements.
PLAs are construction contracts awarded exclusively to unionized firms by a public entity, such as a school district or city council.
They will be the subject of discussion — some of it sure to be sharply opinionated — during a special governing board workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road.
At least two scheduled presenters will urge the board to steer away from PLAs. They include Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employement in Construction, and Colleen Britton, leader of the Vacaville Tea Party. They likely will assert that PLAs are more about empowering unions, not workers, and considerably increase the costs of construction projects paid for by taxpayers.