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Image of Unite Here workers on strike

Local labor has been flexing its muscle in a big way lately, winning a number of strikes and getting some much-needed legislation passed in Sacramento. Here are some highlights.

A culture of corruption, cronyism, and retaliation at the San Francisco Department of Public Works has led to at least one prison sentence and rock-bottom morale for hundreds of workers.

On Saturday, September 24, a fast-moving fire broke out at the historic and cherished Double Play Bar and Grill at 16th and Bryant streets on the eastern edge of the Mission District.

In November 2020, San Francisco voters passed Proposition B. Prop B 2020, we’ll call it, amended the city charter to create two oversight boards: the Public Works Commission, to monitor the SF Department of Public Works, and the Sanitation and Streets Commission, to monitor a new and independent Sanitation and Streets department set to launch in 2022.

A proposed five-story self-storage facility and event space in the Bayview looks to be more than just another soulless redevelopment project with no concern for those around it. Uniquely, it aims to be a community outlet.

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the news lately. But there’s one significant detail that might not have made it through the chatter: This groundbreaking legislation features a number of provisions that will directly benefit building trades workers for years to come.

After a hotly contentious summer that saw the NorCal Carpenters Union pitted against the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) on some critical housing policy proposals, there is finally good news out of Sacramento.

Meetings between the San Mateo County Building and Construction Trades Council (SMBCTC) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) officials will begin in September to review a decade-old project labor agreement that expires this year. The goal is to establish a new or renewed agreement to cover the next 10 years of development at the airport.

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