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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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