Project Labor Agreements
Prohibits general law local entities from banning government-mandated PLAs and prohibits the state from providing construction funding to charter cities that ban government-mandated PLAs. There is also a mandate that authorizes school districts to use job order contracting, but only if the district adopts a five-year PLA with a $25,000 threshold for all district construction. In addition, there was recently implemented a skilled workforce mandate that requires a project to use workers from a state-approved apprenticeship program, unless the job is bid with a PLA. There is also legislation in place (SB 922), signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, that takes away funding from localities that have enacted government neutrality related to project labor agreements.
Yes; $1,000. Prevailing wages are not required to be paid for any public works project of $25,000 or less when the project is for construction work, or for any public works project of $15,000 or less when the project is for alteration, demolition, repair, or maintenance work, if the awarding body elects to implement a labor compliance program approved by the Department of Industrial Relations. The public subsidy de minimis threshold is $250,000 and 2% of the total project cost.
Right to Work
Statute authorizes the use of P3s on horizontal and vertical construction projects. Unsolicited bids are not allowed. CALTRANS and regional transportation authorities have considerable flexibility. For social infrastructure, only certain entities are authorized to establish P3s. Authority sunsets on Jan. 1, 2017.
Workforce Development Incentives
Current labor supply satisfies 171.2% of peak labor demand.
State offered $100,760,000 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 20121.
*Note: The legislature in multiple sessions, through multiple legislative vehicles, has restricted pre-apprenticeship opportunities that include Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) funds to programs and services that follow the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum. The Multi-Craft Core Curriculum is the featured pre-apprenticeship curriculum of North America’s Building Trades Unions, and is implemented by California’s Department of Education for its pilot project with the California Partnership Academies and by the California Workforce Development Board and local boards. This bars other quality nationally recognized curriculum and training programs from receiving funding to train the future workforce. It creates a monopoly of funding for union only training programs.
Career and Technical Education
90% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.
California does not recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.
*See note above.
Job Growth Rate