Union Deceived by “Grossly Misleading” Measure R, Labor Leader Says
Measure R sponsor Jesse Arreguin misled union members, and the Measure R campaign is engaged in a “grossly misleading” claim of union support, according to a leader of the Alameda County Building Trades Council and the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union.
“Measure R isn’t what Arreguin claimed it would be,” said Rob Stoker, president of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (representing 28 affiliated unions) and business representative for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 104.
Arreguin promised Stoker that Measure R would benefit labor, Stoker said in a letter to the editor published Oct. 22 in the Berkeley Voice. (The letter is published also in other member papers of the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News.)
“What we didn’t anticipate, and were disappointed to discover, is that this Measure R includes catastrophic planning errors that would prohibit construction of the projects we would gain the most work from,” Stoker said.
“We believe Arreguin’s continued use of our name in promoting Measure R is grossly misleading and have asked him to stop doing so,” his letter said.
“It would kill a downtown revitalization guided by an AIA award-winning plan to create one of the most beautiful and green downtowns in the state.”
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