Viewed by many as the most important election in modern history, the stakes for the future of the Labor community are set high for November 3. For San Francisco’s Building Trades, the key to securing good union jobs comes in the form of backing elected officials at the local, state and national levels who support working people.
This July, Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters broke ground on a new development at 1629 Market Street that will span several blocks, invigorating the area with a mix of uses. The project will not only supply a new union hall, but also house the Local 38 headquarters and deliver desperately needed housing to the area.
As many of its Parnassus Heights campus buildings deteriorate, UCSF is seeking to undertake significant upgrades to bring patient care facilities up to California’s current seismic standards. In particular, UCSF’s Moffitt Hospital that was built in 1955 is in severe need of renovation and, along with the Long Hospital lacks the number of hospital beds necessary to meet the community’s needs.
An elementary school in the Outer Richmond neighborhood is in the final stages of an all-union modernization project covering the entire facility that began in 2018. Lafayette Elementary School is one of several schools that received funding through the San Francisco Unified School District’s Bond Program which set aside nearly $745 million to address the city’s deteriorating school facilities.
An ultra-luxury condominium tower on San Francisco’s Embarcadero will stretch to an impressive 220 feet. Named for its prized location which provides unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building, One Steuart Lane offers 120 residences within its 20 stories. The property represents one of the last opportunities for new residential construction on the Embarcadero.
Talk to 10 different Building Trades members about their experiences with mentoring in their trade, and one will hear an eclectic collection of stories reflecting the richness of the various crafts, generational differences and changing economic realties. Yet one thing will remain a consistent thread: A robust atmosphere of mentoring on union jobsites is essential to both safety and quality of the work performed. It’s a notion that’s often been on John Christopher’s mind over the years.
Note to aspiring journeymen: you can still learn your trade, but you will need to be adaptable.
As has been the case with many facets of society in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Building Trades ability to run its apprenticeship programs in the usual manner.