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.
Oversight, accountability, and a much stronger labor voice are all likely to be features of a new version of San Francisco’s long-criticized and currently mothballed City Workforce Alignment Committee, which was responsible for planning and coordinating the City’s workforce development programs.
The University of California’s Board of Regents has voted to approve UC San Francisco’s plans for a brand-new high-tech hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center on its Parnassus Heights campus. Thanks to a project labor agreement (PLA) negotiated by the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council well over a year ago, the hospital will be built with all-union labor.
On Wednesday, May 20, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited UA Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters’ Larry Mazzola Sr. Union Hall. She was there to thank the labor organizations of California and of San Francisco, in particular, for granting her their endorsement in her bid for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in the upcoming November election.
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.
Following a year when housing issues took center stage in California’s legislative quarrels, politically active building trades members can expect to have an even busier 2022 as new housing bills emerge alongside proposals that deal with energy and employment training.