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San Diego Chargers Commit to Use Labor for Proposed Downtown Stadium

Without a PLA in place, contractors from outside San Diego could be hired and bring workers in from outside the county.

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    NBC 7's Regina Ruiz reports on the announcement that local labor unions and the San Diego Chargers have reached an agreement on a PLA. (Published Friday, April 22, 2016)

    Various local labor unions gathered dozens of representatives Friday to announce their support for a new NFL stadium in San Diego.

    Tom Lemmon, Business Manager of the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, said there is no signed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) but said, "The Chargers have committed to build, operate and maintenance with labor."

    "The voters have to say what’s on their mind first," Lemmon said before a PLA will be signed between the Chargers and the local trade unions.

    Without a PLA in place, contractors from outside San Diego could be hired and bring workers in from outside the county.

    While there is no specific number of jobs attached to the proposed downtown stadium, Lemmon estimated public projects create approximately 80 jobs for every million dollars spent.

    He estimated there will be thousands of jobs. In comparison, several thousand workers are building the $600 million downtown courthouse, he said.

    The wages for each position varies according to craft.

    A National City-based journeyman electrician said he looks forward to building the stadium.

    "It’s going to ensure all the workers on the job have a pension, have insurance and have a livable wage," Andrew McKercher said.