A Journeyman Tilesetter since 1981, Tim Paulson previously served as Vice President of the SFBCTC starting in 1997. He was a principal officer and business agent for the Bricklayers, Tilelayers, and Allied Craftworkers Local 3, and an Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Northern California Tilelayers and Tile Finishers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. As the Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council from 2004 to 2018, Paulson coordinated political activities, organized events and rallies, and supported affiliated unions in bargaining and contract negotiations. Prior to working for the SF Labor Council, Paulson worked as the Political Director and Assistant Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council. He previously held the position of Organizing and Political Director for SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaigns in Northern California, and led successful campaigns organizing security officers at Bay Area office buildings. A San Francisco resident, Paulson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
The media bombards us with stories about all the candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination for President. There are lefties and moderates and conservatives. There are men, women and people of color from diverse backgrounds. There are Senators, Congress folks, mayors and business people.
This calendar year has been challenging for building trades unions in San Francisco.
After many years, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors finally voted for a Citywide Project Labor Agreement. These discussions began over twenty years ago when we asked Mayor Willie Brown to sign every building trades union’s collective bargaining agreement of behalf of the City. The genesis for this push came from the business agents and organizers from the affiliates of the Building and Construction Trades Council feeling that they had no support or recourse for mitigation when they found prevailing wage violations and the wage cheating by some of the contractors who were building our fire stations, libraries and other City facilities.
The victories in November’s election are still reverberating. We flipped every anti-union legislator in Congress in California. And, as you read this column, our very own Nancy Pelosi is trouncing President Trump with her wisdom and grace as we await her election as Speaker of the House.
On Labor Day, more than 50 rank and file workers and union representatives (including me) got arrested in front of Marriott’s Westin St. Francis hotel. We sat down on the cable car tracks on Powell Street to support Unite Here Local 2 workers. These hotel workers have been on strike and walking pickets lines outside seven hotels ever since. Their unity and diligent solidarity to stay out this long is amazing.