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Chargers reach labor agreement for proposed stadium

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Chargers announced a new labor agreement for the construction of the new joint Downtown stadium and Convention Center Friday. The San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, a group for construction unions, also announced its endorsement of the Chargers Citizens’ Initiative project.

“The entire Chargers organization is proud to have reached a Project Labor Agreement with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, and we are honored that the Council has decided to endorse the Citizens’ Initiative,” Fred Maas, Special Advisor to the Chargers said.

He continued to the Chargers are looking forward to creating jobs and economic growth for the San Diego region through this major construction project.

Project Labor Agreements spell out terms for employing workers on a major project, such as compensation and hiring local tradesmen. Suppoters of PLAs say they ensure quality work and labor peace leading to projects completed on time. Opponents say they shut-out non-union shops and increase a project's price tag.

The announcement of the agreement comes a day after the Chargers released conceptual renderings of the proposed stadium Thursday.

RELATED: Chargers hold "signature drive" for Citizens' Initiative 

The joint stadium/convention center was officially announced by the Chargers on March 30. On Saturday, the Chargers will be collecting signatures at the location where, if passed, the new Chargers stadium would be built—on 13th and K Streets.

The Chargers need to collect 67 thousand signatures by June 10 for the proposal to appear on the election ballot this November. Once it appears on the ballot, registered voters will decide whether the stadium is built or not.

RELATED: Donna Frye on competing Citizens Plan for San Diego  

A competing ballot, the Citizens Plan for San Diego, backed by former city councilmember, Donna Frye and Attorney Corey Briggs, is also collecting signatures to appear on the November ballot. 

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