By Ryan McCarthy
A project labor agreement for the $249 million Measure J bond was praised and panned Tuesday at a meeting of Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees, who are expected to vote Wednesday on whether to negotiate such a pact.
Austin Sarna, one of more than 50 people who went to the meeting representing the union group Carpenters in Action, told trustees he supports the labor agreement.
“PLA’s help protect me, my wages, my benefits,” Sarna said.
But Mike Messer, an electrical contractor in Fairfield, later said the agreements increase costs and that if voters knew the pacts would be part of construction projects paid for by Measure J, “I don’t think it would have passed.”