Virginia labor unions deal blow to proposed Wizards and Capitals arena move

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations said Tuesday that it will oppose the proposal to relocate the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Capitals from downtown Washington, D.C., to northern Virginia.  

“Taxpayers should not make a massive investment in a project that is only going to create more low-wage jobs for local workers,” Virginia Diamond, president of the AFL-CIO’s Northern Virginia branch, said in a statement.  

Introduced by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) and Ted Leonsis, who owns the basketball and hockey teams, the $2 billion proposal includes a relocation to the Potomac Yard in Alexandria, where the 70-acre land would be home to a performing arts and esports center and practice facility in addition to the new arena.

Youngkin was not pleased with the union’s decision, insisting that “labor
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