Talk to 10 different Building Trades members about their experiences with mentoring in their trade, and one will hear an eclectic collection of stories reflecting the richness of the various crafts, generational differences and changing economic realties. Yet one thing will remain a consistent thread: A robust atmosphere of mentoring on union jobsites is essential to both safety and quality of the work performed. It’s a notion that’s often been on John Christopher’s mind over the years.
Note to aspiring journeymen: you can still learn your trade, but you will need to be adaptable.
As has been the case with many facets of society in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Building Trades ability to run its apprenticeship programs in the usual manner.
While California’s longstanding housing crisis necessitates bold action on the part of politicians to expand the state’s housing supply, the San aFrancisco Building and Construction Trades Council’s leadership has had to ramp up advocacy for the protection of workers who will build that new housing.
In 2016 San Francisco voters passed Proposition A issuing general obligation bonds in the amount of $744,250,000 to be used to upgrade San Francisco Unified School District schools. The funds were earmarked to provide seismic safety and modernization to school facilities that are some of the oldest in the state.
A proposed 966-unit project in the SoMa neighborhood has received support from the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council after the Council demanded and received a commitment to union labor from the developer.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council affiliates have been working alongside signatory contractors, subcontractors and the Construction Employers’ Association to establish the best protocols to keep job sites functioning at the highest levels of safety.