New Santa Rosa PLA!

Posted December 17, 2021

Santa Rosa City Schools Board voted to approve a Project Labor Agreement

The North Bay Building Trades, its affiliated local unions and the working women, men and families are pleased to announce that the Santa Rosa City Schools Board voted on 10/27/2021 to approve a Project Labor Agreement. This Agreement will allow taxpayer dollars to be used to build opportunity and equity right here in Sonoma County by keeping the taxpayer dollars used to fund construction local. Like the many successful Public-sector projects already built under PLA’s in the Sonoma County for the County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Sonoma County Superior Courthouse (currently under construction), this Agreement uses locally generated tax dollars to provide jobs that prioritize a locally based skilled and trained workforce and joint apprenticeship opportunities for local students, women, people of color and veterans. These joint apprenticeship opportunities will afford Santa Rosa students access to career pathway options that will provide family supporting wages, healthcare and retirement benefits, and the ability to live and work in the increasingly expensive place we all call home.

Thank you to the broad coalition of community, environmental, labor, contractors and community leaders who came out to support the PLA, including Jobs with Justice, the Sunrise Movement, 350, Sonoma County Tenants Union, the Youth Organizing Project, the Latino Student Congress, Santa Rosa Teachers Association, North Bay Labor Council, Jackie Elward and more.

We look forward to a positive partnership with the District and continuing to make Sonoma County an economically, socially and environmentally stronger home for us all through strong community based policies like this PLA. We are grateful for the leadership of the Board of Trustees and their commitment to local workers and families.

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