Santa Barbara County Labor Unions Urge Voters to Vote “No on Measure P”
Citing the drastic damage it would inflict on middle class jobs and the local economy, Labor Unions from across Santa Barbara County have decided to oppose Measure P, including the Tri Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, representing 16,000 members, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 413, representing 390 members, U.A. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 114, representing 311 members, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, representing 450 members, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 952, representing 675 members, and Laborer’s International Union North America (LiUNA) Local 220 representing 1800 members.
“Measure P is a drastic and flawed measure that will cost middle class jobs,” said Tony Skinner, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Tri County Building and Construction Trades Council. “The oil and gas industry is an important part of Santa Barbara County’s economy. Measure P would shut down nearly all oil and gas production in our county in the next few years, and ban future production, resulting in the loss of almost $300 million in economic activity each year.”
“IBEW Local 413 cares greatly about our environment and we have been leaders in the county with our solar projects,” said Tim Bennett, Business Representative for IBEW #413. “Measure P, however is a drastic approach which would shut down the oil and gas industry and would result in major job losses and increasing our dependence on costly foreign oil.”
“As labor unions we are always asking people to buy local and buy “Made in the USA” products,” said Mark Foreman, Business Manager for the U.A. Plumbers and Pipefitters #114. “It just doesn’t make sense to ban oil and gas production in Santa Barbara County where there are stringent regulations. Measure P would result in increased imports of oil from country’s who don’t care about our environment as much as we do.”
The “No on P” coalition consists of a broad based group of community, civic and business leaders and over 2,000 individuals and groups, including firefighters, sheriffs, police, labor groups, farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and chambers of commerce. To learn more about Measure P please visit us at our website NOonMeasureP .com.