Pulse poll

Question of the week: Do you agree with Fairfield’s PLA decision?

By From page A11 | July 31, 2014

The Fairfield City Council last week agreed to a project labor agreement for the proposed train station development. Do you agree with that decision?

Participate in this week’s poll:

Last week’s results

Should local cities oppose Valero’s plan to ship crude by rail through the region?

Yes: 41 percent

No: 59 percent

88 Daily Republic voters


Discussion | 14 comments

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  • JimJuly 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    I don't like polls of this type because they do not give space for nuance. For example, I am basically a union man and have been pro union all my life, but oppose this PLA for reasons that are not apparent in the wording of the proposal.

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  • Matt HeaveyJuly 28, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    if unions were the business model of the future, why must you duck and hide behind your pathetic, discriminatory un-american pla. again, a union thug turned and said he was a vet. my reply, why spill your blood on the battle field for liberty only to piss it away in this board room. there was no reply. "pla's equal union affirmative action"-- you can quote me.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 28, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    You're right. We should do other things to support unions so tactics like PLAs are unnecessary. But we aren't doing those things, so we can't blame unions for doing what they can for themselves, their members, and all workers.

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  • Philip PielJuly 28, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Rick, Can you elaborate on your statement? The state of California already requires a specific rate (Prevailing Wage) to be paid to a worker based on his / her job description. The CA. Department of Labor already checks projects for dishonest employers. Labor Compliance Companies already check contractors via Certified Payrolls and Fringe Benefit Statements. I'm not sure how requiring a worker to pay Union Dues on a project funded by tax payers is righting some perceived wrong? How exactly is a Project Labor Agreement that bans local, state approved NON UNION apprentices in the best interest of the people funding the project? Administering the additional requirements that come with a PLA cost tax payers 2%-3% of the entire contract amount, if we're going to give 12% (Unions) of the workforce a monopoly on tax payer funded projects couldn't we at least have them pick up the tab to administer their agreement?

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  • Rick WoodJuly 28, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    How about transferable defined benefit pension plans?

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 28, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    I'll see your transferable defined benefit pension plan and raise you a non-transferable, double or nothing, tax-deferred annuity.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 28, 2014 - 11:22 pm

    How about requiring corporations to have union representatives on their board of directors?

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  • Philip PielJuly 29, 2014 - 7:54 am

    I wouldn't want to answer my questions either Rick...

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  • Rick WoodJuly 29, 2014 - 8:20 am

    NP: Maybe you missed the part where I was agreeing with Jim.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 29, 2014 - 8:21 am


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  • Rick WoodJuly 29, 2014 - 8:24 am

    How about a federal labor law that guarantees collective bargaining for all workers?

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  • BobJuly 31, 2014 - 8:45 am

    Most times the money doesn't stay in the community and the Contractors have been known to take considerable kick backs from workers on prevailing wage jobs, complaints are on file at the DOL, safety training with union workers IS better.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

    There are good nonunion contractors and bad ones. A public agency should find a way to screen out the bad ones. My point is you don't need a PLA to do that. But if it's the only tool in your toolbox, it's better than the alternative.

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  • patrickJuly 31, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Yes: 41 percent No: 59 percent Seems to me that most people don't live near railroad tracks. I don't but I voted YES

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