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Modernization work at San Francisco Unified School District sites covered by the Project Labor Agreement between the Building Trades and School District is progressing on schedule this summer. San Francisco voters approved a $531 million Facility Bond Measure in November 2011 – the third and final installment of $1.3 billion in bonds to modernize and improve safety in SFUSD facilities.

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The San Francisco Planning Commission approved the new Oceanwide Center project at its May 5 meeting. Developer Foster + Partners plans to build two mixed-use towers at First and Mission streets: A 605-foot tower featuring a 266-room hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower. The new skyscrapers within the Transbay redevelopment area will be among the tallest in San Francisco and will have 2.1 million square feet of office, hotel and residential space, with 182 condominiums and 43,000 square feet of retail space.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has appointed Patrick Mulligan Director of the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Mulligan is a five-term Financial Secretary for Carpenters Local 22 and long-time member of the local. He is also a Trustee of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. Mulligan moves on from his role as director of CityBuild and replaces Donna Levitt, who held the position of OLSE director since 2002.

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) on May 10 approved extending the terms of the Project Labor Agreement governing work on its Water System Improvement Project (WSIP) to the work on its $6.9 billion Sewer System Improvement Project (SSIP).

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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener was the top vote getter in the race for the State Senate on June 7, with 46 percent of the vote. Supervisor Jane Kim received 44 percent, and Republican Ken Loo 10 percent. Wiener and Kim will face off in the November General Election to succeed Senator Mark Leno, who is termed out. The district includes San Francisco and a section of northern San Mateo County. Wiener was endorsed by the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council in the primary.

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The first phase of construction to transform Treasure Island into a new community began in March with the start of demolition of former Navy buildings on Yerba Buena Island. Approximately 94 acres on Yerba Buena Island and 367 acres on Treasure Island will become the site of a dense, mixed-use development with residential, commercial, cultural, hotel, recreational and retail uses centered around an intermodal transit hub.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed three of the five local measures on the June 7 ballot. The Council recommends a “Yes” vote on propositions A, B and E. Delegates voted to remain neutral and take no position on C and D.

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National Conference Stars Hillary, Other Allies

The 2016 legislative conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions took place in Washington, D.C. in April. Among the many speakers was Democratic presidential candidate and building trades supporter Hillary Clinton.

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is expected to vote in April on extending the Project Labor Agreement governing work from its Water System Improvement Project (WSIP) to the work on its $6.9 billion Sewer System Improvement Project (SSIP). At the SFPUC meeting on March 8, staff recommended extending the PLA and presented information about the success of the WSIP PLA.

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