I am urging our mayor and City Council members to vote “no” on a project labor agreement for the upcoming train station project.
It has been proven over and over that PLAs add 10 to 15 percent to the cost of public work projects. Our city cannot afford these additional costs. We passed Measure P because our citizens felt our city was responsible with our tax money. Approving a PLA will show they are not fiscally responsible. We cannot afford a possible additional $10 million-plus to this project.
Councilman John Mraz cites reasons to vote for a PLA are “to avoid cost overruns and quality problems.” The way to avoid these problems is to ensure proper design and proper contract administration. John seems to think a PLA will stop change orders on the project. Change orders are typically generated either due to poor design or changes in the scope of work that benefit the owner. These changes are always approved by the owner prior to the work.
If you’re concerned about getting knowledgeable and quality contractors, you have a prequalification process that weeds out subpar contractors. Competitive wages are not an issue, because all contractors (union and nonunion alike) working on public work projects are required to pay their employees union scale wages.
My fellow citizens, please join me at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Council chamber to urge our council members to vote no on this PLA. Help save our precious tax dollars.