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On Wednesday, November 1, spirits were high among labor leaders in the City. After a tour of the Salesforce Transit Center with acting Labor Secretary Julie Su — and representatives from the State Building Trades of California, the California Labor Federation, and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority — SF Building

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.

Martinez native Kyle Salva is a father of three and a sprinkler fitter who won the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters’ 2023 National Apprentice Competition, which pits apprentices from around the world against their counterparts in a battery of tests to evaluate skill in a variety of plumbing- and pipefitting-related disciplines.

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

The Bay Area’s next big redevelopment megaproject just got underway in the first weeks of this month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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.

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.

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