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Despite growing demands from labor and recommendations resulting from both an audit by the San Francisco Budget and Legislative Analyst and a civil grand jury, there has been no movement to revive one of the City’s key workforce committees.

Launched in 2020, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s $1 billion initiative to spark economic recovery in the Bay Area is on track to meet its job and housing creation goals by 2025.

On February 15, IBEW Local 6 Business Representative Jose Fuentes Almanza made local history when he was appointed to the San Francisco Airport Commission by Mayor London Breed — Almanza is the first LatinX person to hold a seat on the commission in its 52-year history.

Last year was like a rollercoaster: If we started in a place of hope as two vaccines against COVID-19 became increasingly available to Americans, we were soon dealing with vaccination hesitancy and then outright vaccination rejection.

Each year, billions of dollars in wages are stolen from workers in California’s underground economy. Due to unique labor-standards compliance challenges and the often-transitory nature of work, the construction industry has the distinct dishonor of coming in second place for highest number of labor-standards violations.

San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu, who is up for election on June 7, has been a consistent friend to labor throughout his political career. As a San Francisco County supervisor, he advocated for the creation of new construction jobs and more housing.

With the pandemic sticking around for a whole lot longer than anyone had hoped, the past year has been another challenging one for tradespeople and all working people.

On October 27, San Francisco building trades leaders met with Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) representatives for an in-depth tour of the Salesforce Transit Center’s dynamic interior.

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