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When considering the world of 3D printing and how it relates to the construction industry, it helps to ditch any traditional image that springs to mind when you think about what a printer is.

In July, the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) gained a final ruling as part of the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act to provide pension plan support for millions of union workers and retirees. Under the act, the ARP’s Special Financial Assistance Program is slated to protect millions of workers in multi-employer pension plans who would have otherwise faced significant benefit cuts.

Saturday, July 16, was a warm and sun-drenched weekend afternoon — the ideal midsummer San Francisco day, really — for folks from far and wide to gather for the long-awaited 125th anniversary celebration of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council.

Competing measures designed to streamline affordable housing projects are on a collision course for the ballot in San Francisco this November.

When Robbie Hunter, my predecessor as president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), ushered Senate Bill 54 (SB 54) through the California legislature and across the governor’s desk in 2013, he laid the groundwork for what would become a massive shift in our statewide construction labor market.

A battle is brewing in Sacramento as the California State Senate debates a significant bill that appears to pit workers’ rights against affordable housing advocacy. Assembly Bill 2011 (a.k.a. the Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022), which was advanced by the Assembly last month, would eliminate skilled-and-trained labor requirements and local control of development in exchange for the construction of more affordable housing more quickly.

One of the first things Carol Kim did after being hired as political director of the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council in 2016 was to immediately plant the seeds of what would become a historic project labor agreement years later.

With another Father’s Day come and gone, I’ve found myself thinking recently on my dad, Fred Ross, and the extent to which he influenced both me and the world.

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