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Santa Rosa Junior College trustees to take up project labor deals for construction

Kevin McCallum, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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A 2011 study of 501 school projects in the state between 1995 and 2009 found that projects with PLAs experienced costs 13 percent to 15 percent higher than those without. The study was performed by the National University System Institute for Policy Research of San Diego and funded by the Association of Builders and Contractors Inc., which advocates for nonunion contractors.

Each side takes issue with the methodologies and biases of these and other studies on the subject, making consensus tricky.

“Truth is a little elusive,” Fishman said, acknowledging the difficulty of assessing the validity of competing studies.