For years, the city of Tracy has operated with a construction bidding policy that has ensured a fair playing field regardless of labor affiliation that delivered quality workmanship our community could count on. Unfortunately, that could end on Sept. 3 when the City Council will take up a union-only project labor agreement for public works construction.

Project labor agreements are always missing language that secures equal opportunity for your friends, neighbors and family members in construction like myself, a carpentry apprentice at ABC NorCal. So your friends, your neighbors, and young, aspiring construction professionals in your community can’t get a fair shot at local work — at their livelihood.

On Sept. 3, tell the Tracy City Council to vote NO on the project labor agreement.

Miles Ostraco, Tracy

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PLA's only benefit union companies and apprenticeship programs. They discriminate against non union apprentices and contractors effectively getting rid of fair and open competition. Their argument is that non union apprenticeships and companies are not skilled and dont pay enough. On PW jobs the pay and benefits paid put by the companies are the same whether they're union or non union employees. State approved apprenticeship programs follow the same standard of training regardless of affiliation. PLAs will effectively close the door to local apprentices and companies from working in their own backyard. Vote NO on PLAs!

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