We will list specific ways to get involved in your region here when available, but in the meantime please contact us to find out general ways to help us in our fight for fair and open competition!

In late 2011, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) a Sustainable Communities Grant to fund efforts to improve Bay Area housing and economic conditions for low- and moderate-income residents and workers. The grant provided just under $5 million over three years for planning and implementation work.
In October 2014, a team of partner organizations working for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) issued the  "Economic Prosperity Strategy: Improving economic opportunity for the Bay Areas low- and moderate-wage workers." This strategy was developed by union front groups with federal HUD funding with the MTC.

The plan lists the following specific industry policy objectives:

1. Project Labor Agreements (#10.4)
2. Community Benefit Agreements (#10.2) 
3. Remove barriers to unionization (#9.3) 
4. Create licensing requirements and enforce labor and employment laws to professionalize workers across an entire industry (#9.4) 
5. Establish multi-employer joint labor-management training partnerships to raise skills in in an industry (#9.2)


The meeting on January 15th, launches a Bay Area strategy to improve economic opportunity for low and moderate wage workers. This plan will hinder our industry by imposing costly regulation and discouraging competitive bidding for public and private projects.

When: Today, January 15, 2015 9:30 am
Where: Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefields Rd Redwood City, CA

Merit shop representatives will attend this meeting to educate participants about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and offer an alternative career pathway for workforce development. Please share with colleagues who may be interested in attending and speaking in favor of fair and open competition. Email Alicia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions.

The City of Hercules is a 50% funding partner for the $42M Wastewater Treatment Plant project and has specifically requested that we attend their City Council Meeting TONIGHT. This is our opportunity to represent and further educate the City Council before they take their vote in January.

What we need you to do NOW:


1. Attend the meeting. 

2. Contact the City Council members. Tell them to vote NO on the proposed PLA. Not sure what to say? Check out thesetalking points.  

  • Click here to use their online contact us form

Meeting Details

When: TONIGHT , December 16, 7:00 p.m.


Where: Hercules City Hall 

      111 Civic Dr. Hercules, CA  

Refer to agenda item IX.3 - Receive information on Project Labor Agreements 

Contact CFEC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions or to let us know if you can attend.  

Please let your voice be heard.

Thank you!



The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce held a PLA discussion on October 23rd so that big labor special interests could "explain" why PLAs were needed in the city. The unions pushed for a city-wide PLA in 2009 as well and it appears they are back.
Please contact the San Leandro City Council TODAY and express your opposition to PLAs. 
The City of Pinole is considering a Project Labor Agreement for the construction of the $50 Million Wastewater Treatment Plant Update. On October 28th the City Council held a discussion on the topic where ABC of Northern California's Nicole Goehring was able to present the anti-PLA position and on Tuesday November 18th the City Council will vote on adopting the PLA on this project.   


Please contact the Pinole City Council today to express your opinions about PLAs!

Your support in crucial as the vote is extremely close! Your help will be key in stopping this PLA!

Meeting Details

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7pm

Where: 2131 Pear Street Pinole, CA 94564

Review the Meeting Agenda (Item 9-A)


For more information please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.