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The second annual SF Building Trades Council’s Public Service Awards, held on Friday, September 22, was emblematic of this year in organized labor. The council honored Julie A. Su, the current acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, with a Public Service Award.

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One of the numerous advantages modern union workers enjoy is a deep tie to a rich history of solidarity and defiance — especially in San Francisco.

With a glut of empty office space in the heart of San Francisco — a city suffering from a desperate housing shortage — a conversation is emerging about a solution that seems logical: Let’s convert some of that unused commercial square footage into much-needed homes for human beings.

Photo credit: Jacob Bourne
Photo credit: Jacob Bourne

With the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Association (SFMTA) — which runs Muni — pushing for a zero-emission transit fleet by 2040, a local think tank has proposed a radical concept: Why not utilize, upgrade, and expand a resource that already exists in the City?

In August, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) took a strategic leap forward in creating its very first political department.

Chris Hannan, recently elected president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), stands out as a national figure thanks to the significant contributions he’s made in his previous role as executive secretary of the 48-affiliate-strong Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

Thanks to a crucial and long-overdue regulatory update recently announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), building and construction trades workers throughout the Bay Area and across the United States should soon enjoy a healthy wage bump — and, hopefully, a higher standard of living as a result.

On the surface, the benefits associated with expanding electric vehicle (EV)-charging infrastructure ought to be plainly evident.

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