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While California’s longstanding housing crisis necessitates bold action on the part of politicians to expand the state’s housing supply, the San aFrancisco Building and Construction Trades Council’s leadership has had to ramp up advocacy for the protection of workers who will build that new housing.

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Thanks to a bond program funded by San Francisco Unified School District, the aging and cramped Clarendon Alternative Elementary School is getting a much-needed facelift.

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After weeks of a shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic that temporarily halted construction on commercial and market-rate housing projects, a new order has allowed construction activities to recommence more broadly.

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In 2016 San Francisco voters passed Proposition A issuing general obligation bonds in the amount of $744,250,000 to be used to upgrade San Francisco Unified School District schools. The funds were earmarked to provide seismic safety and modernization to school facilities that are some of the oldest in the state.

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A proposed 966-unit project in the SoMa neighborhood has received support from the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council after the Council demanded and received a commitment to union labor from the developer.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council affiliates have been working alongside signatory contractors, subcontractors and the Construction Employers’ Association to establish the best protocols to keep job sites functioning at the highest levels of safety.

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Following weeks of a partial construction shutdown, on April 29 seven Bay Area counties issued a new joint order to open both commercial construction and work on market-rate residential projects effective May 4. The order replaced two prior edicts in March that had placed temporary bans on all construction work for commercial and residential projects with less than 10 percent affordable housing.

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With more than 240,000 vehicles traveling through the U.S. 101 bridge deck at Alemany Boulevard, updates to the corridor that connects the region have long been a top priority. Caltrans had originally planned the work to be done in July and had been busy preparing traffic detours and doing public outreach.

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Although initial reports indicate that the Bay Area’s early action may be working to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the measures have taken their toll on the economy, with many in the Building Trades hit especially hard.

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