On the Jobsite

On the Job March 2024 thumb
On the Job March 2024 thumb

Before the break of dawn one frigid Saturday morning last month, a gang of up-and-at-’em IUEC Local 8 members and a small support crew of equally ready-to-rock operating engineers assembled in front of San Francisco City Hall to get cracking on a unique modernization project.

It’s a scenic job, and somebody’s got to do it. So, leave it to the glaziers of Local 718. Who else?

As part of its huge sewer system overhaul, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is investing $3 billion in its Southeast Treatment Plant in Bayview-Hunters Point. The idea is to build a new wastewater pollution treatment system that, once complete, will smell, look, and work better. A big element of that system is the biosolids digester — a.k.a. the biodigester.

On Monday, December 19, painter apprentices from Painters and Drywall Finishers Locals 3, 487, 741, and 913 gathered at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco’s Alamo Square to donate their time, talent, and resources for an ongoing church restoration project.

This year for National Apprenticeship Week, a contingent from the State Building Trades Council of California (SBCTC) embarked upon a Golden State-spanning trek from Redding to San Diego for an in-person look at classroom and jobsite training for building trades apprentices across California.

For the past couple of months, a small crew from IBEW Local 6 has been hard at work on a pioneering solar project in the heart of the City.

Photography by George Verlaine

The sprawling Mission Rock mega-project, which covers 28 acres in total, is essentially one enormous jobsite made up of many distinct and rather large jobsites of their own. And now, in a hot phase of construction, the super-jobsite of Mission Rock is teeming with construction workers from a variety of trades.

The Potrero Power Station mixed-use project is slated to open up a significant swath of San Francisco’s Central Waterfront to the public for the first time in 150 years.

One of the U.S.’s busiest transit systems, Muni keeps San Francisco buzzing. But it comes at the cost of extensive daily maintenance of fleets of buses, light-rail vehicles, and historic cable cars — much of it handled by IBEW Local 6.

No building is ready for occupancy until the Sprinkler Fitters have covered all the fire safety bases. One of the many major Bay Area projects Local 483 members are currently tackling is the new headquarters of another union: that of Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters. A crew of Sprinkler Fitters employed by Westates has been busy at the new office and mixed-use project at 1629 Market Street.

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