FAIRFIELD — A project labor agreement – which the City Council at its April 15 meeting directed city staff to negotiate with the Napa-Solano Building Trades Council for the Fairfield Intermodal Station Project – goes before the council Tuesday with a requirement that unions are the source of craft labor for the work.
No employee working under the agreement is required to join any union as a condition of employment on the project, adds a city staff report, but the contractor is required to have employees who work for eight consecutive or cumulative days to pay dues required for union membership.
The Fairfield city staff believes the labor agreement will not have a significant impact on project costs because it’s likely most contractors will be union affiliates.
An objective that not less than 25 percent of hours worked on the project be undertaken by Solano and Napa county residents is included in the agreement.
If a project labor agreement is not approved by the end of July, Fairfield will experience additional delays that could result in loss of funding – unless the City Council directed work to proceed without a project labor agreement, adds the staff report.
Fairfield has described a project labor agreement as a pact with one or more labor organizations establishing terms and conditions of employment for a construction project.
At the City Council meeting in April, a representative of the Napa-Solano Building and Construction Trades Council cited the history of project labor agreements he said have been in place since the 1930s. Projects including the Hoover Dam and the Alaska pipeline have used the pacts, the trades council representative said.
A Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group representative said the association has always objected to such labor agreements and a taxpayers group member said the pacts decrease competition and boost costs.
City Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.
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