Members of the Building Trades
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Pile Drivers Local 34 Repair, Maintain Port of San Francisco

By Richard Bermack, Contributing Writer and Photographer

Drive down Third Street past Mission Bay, past Dogpatch, then out Cargo Way past the gravel yards, and you’ll come to what feels like the end of the world. In the cold, grey fog, where the land meets the bay, members of Pile Drivers, Divers, Carpenters, Bridge Wharf and Dock Builders Local Union 34 wrestle into place telephone-pole size timbers they are using to repair the docks of Pier 94. 

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Reg Theriault
By Michael Theriault, Secretary-Treasurer   

Reg Theriault died last month. San Francisco workers – workers everywhere – lost someone who wrote about them with knowledge, affection, and honesty. I met Reg in about 1991. I had read his Longshoring on the San Francisco Waterfront, a book bound plainly in yellow heavy stock and small enough for a shirt pocket. Then I found myself welding a moment frame in a street-level shop in the hotel across from the Longshoremen’s hall near Fisherman’s Wharf, and decided at break to go over and see if anyone knew this other Theriault.

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Height Limit Battle Heats Up
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A lawsuit challenging the ballot measure that would impose tighter restrictions on waterfront development by requiring voter approval for projects that exceed existing height limits was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Feb. 14.

PLA Approved for Treasure Island Development
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Booming Economy Leads to Housing Crisis
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Chinese Hospital Rises in Heart of Chinatown
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VA Hospital Coming to Former Salesforce Campus Location

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The 1.4-acre site, at 2100 El Camino Real, sits just one block from Stanford University and Caltrain.


Seven New Tech Campuses Changing the Face of Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley's economy is firing on all cylinders, and the region's well-established tech companies are on a real estate spending spree.


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