The Politics of Project Labor Agreements Are Changing

San Diego Airport

Terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

This post initially appeared in the April 5 Morning Report. Get the Morning Report delivered to your inbox.

In a sign of San Diego’s changing political dynamic, the Airport Authority agreed Thursday to start negotiating a union-friendly labor deal for its $3 billion plan to rebuild Terminal 1.

Ten years ago, the same agency redeveloped Terminal 2 into the state-of-the-art facility it is today. Then, the Airport Authority flatly refused to enter into a so-called Project Labor Agreement, which stipulates wages and benefits for construction workers and mandates that contractors hire through union halls. The agency has proudly touted that the project came in on time and under budget.

But the Airport Authority’s plan to redevelop Terminal 1 has faced opposition from the beginning and has already been delayed at least a year at an estimated cost of $100…

Original published: 2019-04-05 19:10:11 Read the full San Diego News here

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