Herrero Builders CEO Mark Herrero had a clear message for Safety Week.
“We want our workers to know that when they have to make a choice between doing something faster, cheaper or safer, the right choice is always safer,” Herrero told Organized Labor at a Safety Week event at the site of the Van Ness and Geary campus of the California Pacific Medical Center last month. “If they see an unsafe condition, they have our full support to tell their supervisor, ‘I don’t feel comfortable with this situation. It’s not safe.’”
San Francisco’s guiding principle of ensuring that a sizable amount of workers hired for public construction projects are local will be reviewed over the next two years.
The city’s Local Hire policy will continue to require that 30 percent of workers on public construction projects are local for the next two years. The Board of Supervisors voted to extend the legislative review period of the policy for an additional 24 months in March and to maintain the current requirement of 30 percent during the extended review period.
The Golden State Warriors released new renderings of a two-building office complex to be built adjacent to their planned arena in Mission Bay. Last year, the Warriors’ ownership team purchased the 12-acre parcel at Third and 16th streets from Salesforce.com, after the tech company abandoned its plan for a campus there.
North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) held its Legislative Conference in April in Washington, D.C., where Building Trades union members got an opportunity to learn about important legislation and build support among members of Congress.
More than 1,200 tradeswomen descended on Los Angeles in May for the 5th Annual Women Building the Nation conference. The crowd was electric and spirits were high as women (and men) from across the nation, and even a few from outside it, came together in camaraderie and solidarity to celebrate their careers in the trades.
The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, along with the San Mateo County Building Trades Council, hosted a series of meetings with Bay Area legislators in Sacramento April 14. Representatives from the building trades and public and private sector unions asked State Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers Phil Ting, David Chiu, Rich Gordon and Kevin Mullin to support a series of labor-backed bills.
While San Francisco residents get high quality drinking water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite and other reservoirs, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is now initiating projects to diversify the city’s water supply. The SFPUC aims to protect customers from service disruptions caused by a major earthquake, drought, or a decline in the Sierra snowpack by supplementing the primary water sources with local groundwater.
Plans to develop a housing complex at Mission and 16th streets are moving forward, as San Francisco-based developer Maximus Real Estate Partners continues community outreach efforts to build support in the Mission neighborhoods.