• Concord Tackles CNWS Labor Impasse

  • The Concord City Council is set to determine whether or not Lennar has fulfilled its agreement with the city to negotiate project labor agreements for the eventual construction at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. Despite nine meetings between Lennar and the Contra Costa Building Trades Council during the past two years, the two parties have declared an impasse. Lennar calculates that the CCBTC’s proposed “all trades” project labor agreement would result in a decline in the Internal Rate of Return for Phase 1 from 17 percent to minus 0.1 percent, according to the agenda staff report. The city’s independent financial consultant has confirmed Lennar’s estimates. The dispute threatens to unravel the city’s 14-year efforts to acquire and develop 2,300 acres of the former military base into housing, schools, offices, shops and parks. The city has been forced to stop planning and environmental work pending resolution of the labor issue. The U.S. Navy is also waiting for the parties to settle their differences prior to taking further action on the property conveyance, The City Council will take up the matter at a public hearing on Jan. 7, 2020. Click HERE to view the agenda and associated documents.

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