Alga Norte Park To Go Non-Union Wages?

by The Editors on July 21, 2008

110P-1The saga of Carlsbad’s Alga Norte Park continues to drag out. In November 2007 Consolidated Contracting Services of San Clemente bid $29.3 million on the project, but the City Council said that bid was too low.

Then in December 2007 the City denied all six park construction bids because there were “multiple problems with the bids the city received.”

Now, thanks to being a “charter city,” the City Council is considering putting the bids out to builders who pay “non-union wages” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Councilman Mark Packard was the leading advocate for adopting a city charter, largely on the savings that the city could gain on public projects. “Unless staff can show me some overriding reason why we would do it as a prevailing-wage project, . . . I’m going to be supportive of allowing nonprevailing-wage bids,” Packard said. . . .Packard said he believes the city can get a high-quality project and save 15 percent to 20 percent, or about $5 million, by putting it out as a nonprevailing-wage job.

This obviously gets right to the heart of American labor issues. Hopefully, the City Council will do the right thing.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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none July 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm

What is the right thing? To pay inflated union wages with my tax dollars?

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