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San Francisco’s skyline has changed dramatically over the last decade, and construction cranes continue to be a critical part of the changing landscape. As the post-recession construction boom has led to an increase in the number of cranes in operation, there has been no increase in accidents or incidents involving cranes.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council recently finalized a Project Labor Agreement with Five Point Holdings, LLC (FivePoint), the Lennar Corporation entity that is the master developer of The Shipyard and Candlestick Point.

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Vince Courtney – LiUNA! Local 261 Recording Secretary, Labor Representative and Political Director – was recently sworn in for a new term at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has held a post as one of the five PUC commissioners since he was first appointed by then mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010. Mayor Ed Lee reappointed Courtney in 2013 and again this year.

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Along with the 17 statewide propositions, San Francisco voters will see 25 local measures on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council made recommendations for 23 of the 25. Following are the SFBCTC recommendations...

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The San Francisco Planning Commission approved Shorenstein’s 12-story, 300-unit residential project at 1066 Market Street after the developer reached an agreement with the city to purchase the now closed post office at 101 Hyde Street and convey it to the city.

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Mayor Ed Lee has named IBEW Local 6 Business Development Director Joel Koppel to the San Francisco Planning Commission, filling one of two vacancies. As Organized Labor went to press, Koppel had received approval from the Rules Committee, but still needed to go before the full Board of Supervisors for final approval.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council has finalized a Project Labor Agreement with Bayside Development for construction work on the mixed-use development at the former Schlage Lock Factory site in Visitacion Valley.

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When Labor Commissioner Julie Su was first considered for the role back in 2011, she was hesitant at first, content in doing good work as the Litigation Director at the nonprofit Asian Pacific American Legal Center while living in the Los Angeles area. But she soon realized the difference she could make, and Governor Brown appointed her to head California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement shortly after retaking office. Su assumed the position of Labor Commissioner in April, 2011, and now oversees more than 400 staff in 19 offices across the state.

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) celebrated the signing of a Project Labor Agreement for the City’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) on August 4 at a community center next to the SFPUC’s Southeast Wastewater Treatment facility. The SSIP is a multi-billion dollar, 20-year capital investment that will build a healthier, more reliable and seismically-resilient sewer system. Work will include sewer line and pump station upgrades, developing sustainable methods to manage storm water, and modernization and seismic upgrades to waste water treatment facilities. SFPUC Commissioner and Laborers Local 261 Political Director Vince Courtney said that the Project Labor Agreement would ensure that more reliable and seismically safe projects would be delivered on time.

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