Sanders stressed that San Diego has not entered into a Project Labor Agreement with the unions, which is illegal. He said any hiring or wage agreements were worked out privately between the project contractor and the unions.
Lorena Gonzalez, with the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, said the agreement has been in the works for a while.
"All the little pieces kind of came together finally," she said. "And this is going to be a good project and we can support this project and know that, as we move forward in San Diego, we're going to have a new look at the tourism industry."
The unions have also agreed to support the expansion in front of the Coastal Commission, which will need to grant approval before the project can go forward. The expansion is expected to take about 33 months to build and is scheduled to be complete in 2016.
By: Katie Orr