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Picture of Amazon warehouse workers from Staten Island
Picture of Amazon warehouse workers from Staten Island

Anti-union forces are at it again, trying to dismantle basic worker protections by going after the institutional bodies and long-held precedents that govern labor standards in the United States.

Over 2,500 San Francisco city workers from various unions, including IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU Local 1021, gathered en masse at City Hall on Wednesday, January 17, to collectively send the message to the City’s administration that they expect critical public services for SF residents to remain public.

Picture of boat hitting bridge
Picture of boat hitting bridge

Soon after a container ship slammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday, March 26, causing its collapse and killing six workers, affiliate members of the Baltimore/D.C. Metro Building and Construction Trades Council were busy helping to pick up the pieces.

Assembly Bill 1532, a.k.a. the Office-to-Housing Conversion Act, might be just the thing San Francisco needs to start making a dent in its lack of housing and depressed economic outlook.

An SF Muni trolley bus on the 14 Mission line makes a turn downtown in September 2015.
An SF Muni trolley bus on the 14 Mission line makes a turn downtown in September 2015.

For whatever reason — careful consideration, overwhelming evidence, or recent articles published in this newspaper — the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) has shifted gears regarding the future of the City’s iconic and long-standing trolley bus fleet.

On February 18, 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the Citywide Project Labor Agreement, a historic deal to let the City negotiate a single collective PLA with the building trades covering an array of projects under the jurisdiction of the departments of Public Works and Recreation and Parks.

Photo credit: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Photo credit: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

With ballots from the primary election now in and counted, it’s a good time for a debrief. How did the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council’s endorsed candidates and preferred positions perform, and, overall, how did labor do?

Moose Feed photo
Moose Feed photo

Last month, members of the San Francisco Building Trades and the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council (a.k.a. the NorCal Carpenters Union) gathered with their supporters, friends, and associates for the 61st annual time-honored, food-fueled holiday tradition known as the Moose Feed.

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