• Marin Builders Urges County to Reconsider Project Labor Agreement Guidelines

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    March 03, 2021
    UPDATE: Because of multiple letters on the item, the County pulled this item from the Board of Supervisors agenda to give additional time for consideration. We've reached out to the county to offer industry perspective going forward.

    Marin County Board of Supervisors

    RE: Project Labor Agreement Policy Guidelines
    Via email on March 1, 2021
    To BOS@marincounty.org
    Dear Supervisors:
    For more than 60 years our association has served the construction industry by promoting high ethical and professional standards and working responsibly with the community for the enhancement of the building industry and our environment. Today, we represent over 560 local firms conducting business, investing, and employing people in Marin County.   
    In the interest of maintaining the bidding processes and natural competitive balance that currently serve the construction industry fairly and impartially, the Marin Builders Association is opposed to any Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that are discriminatory in nature and utilize public funds.
    As identified in the PLA Policy Guidelines Recommendation Staff Report from Angela Nicholson dated March 2, 2021, the PLA process will add “significant lead time” for staff. In addition, the costs for capital projects in “may increase.”
    It is widely accepted that adopting this type of agreement significantly increases the probability that future projects will not come in on-time and on-budget for our taxpayers. During these challenging economic times, it is unreasonable to pursue policy that will increase costs and extend project timelines. Further, any agreement should include language that allows contractors the ability to legally employ the local workforce at their discretion.
    Thank you and please direct any question or response to rick@marinbuilders.com or 415.462.1220 x116


    Rick Wells                                                        
    Chief Executive Officer                                 
    cc:          Board of Directors, Marin Builders Association
                   Matthew H. Hymel, County Administrator
    Rick Wells, Chief Executive Officer
    rick@marinbuilders.com, (415) 462-1220
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