Santa Ana Community Workforce Agreement

Union workers celebrate on August 15, 2017, when the Santa Ana City Council unanimously approved the project`s employment contract. No one objected to the agreement at Tuesday`s council meeting, although there were some differences of opinion on the extent to which it would increase the city`s construction costs. The agreement requires contractors to recruit staff for city projects through a union-like referral system, known as a syndicate-rental union. Contractors have the option of turning down candidates and may find staff elsewhere if unions do not meet the contractor`s standards. Council member Trevor O`Neil said the attitude of these people to work in their communities raises questions about the purpose of the agreement, and added: “Is it to prioritize local attitudes or prioritize union attitudes?” Santa Ana`s five-year contract is for 30% of the total working time to be provided by Santa Ana-based workers and veterans, regardless of where they live. The agreement can increase the cost of projects over $100,000 by 10 to 20 percent and an undetermined amount for more expensive projects, according to the employee report. “What this agreement provides for you is local rent, primarily for Santa Ana residents. It provides for veterans` attitudes and veterans` preferences,” Medrano said.¬†All of this happens at the same total labor costs as the current [state] salary for public works, so there are no additional costs to the public,” Daly said of the agreement. The contract limits non-unionized contractors to contractors with five or fewer employees. Larger non-unionized entrepreneurs already have a workforce they know and trust, but to apply for a city project, they must employ union hiring hall workers. Most companies simply will not offer for these jobs.

In this way, unions use political muscles to put their competitors aside. You will also receive urban micromanagement contracts. The people of the city will not benefit. Companies hired by Santa Ana for urban planning and public works projects must employ unionized workers to work after the city council unanimously approved a large-scale agreement with unions. In the past fiscal year, the city had at least $27 million in contracts that would meet the threshold of the agreement. He called the agreement “historic” and said Santa Ana was the first city in Orange County to have such a contract, known as a project work contract or community employment contract. Instead, disputes are dealt with through a private court procedure, called binding arbitration, in which the final solution is decided by one in five arbitrators in the agreement.