Mayor London Breed appointed San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson and former District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in late April. Both were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. The SFPUC is governed by a board compromised of five commissioners with each chosen according to criteria set forth in the San Francisco City Charter – including one seat for a representative of organized labor. The commissioners provide operational oversight in such areas as rates and charges for services, approval of contracts and organization policy.
A new 20-story, 220-foot-tall tower condominium development at Steuart and Howard will soon be rising as crews prepare to pour the foundation slab for the all-union project. Swinerton is the general contractor, with a small crew of operating engineers, laborers and carpenters on the jobsite. Crews demolished the parking garage at the site last spring and began construction last summer. The building is slated for completion by 2021.
Unions representing City workers reached tentative agreements with the City and County of San Francisco in early May – increasing wages over the next three years and maintaining benefits.
Despite longstanding necessity, the position of Executive Assistant to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer had remained unfilled for years. On March 6, San Francisco native Sandra Duarte came on board to fill the role assisting Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson.
SACRAMENTO – The San Francisco Building Trades Council and San Francisco Labor Council hosted a series of meetings with Bay Area legislators in Sacramento April 2, along with the San Mateo County Building Trades Council and San Mateo County Central Labor Council.
San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s current location at 1200 15th Street was built in 1931 with the intended use as a warehouse for goods, not a home for animals.
As Organized Labor went to press, negotiations between the City and County of San Francisco and unions representing City workers were ongoing, but still at an impasse. After meetings facilitated by a federal mediator, the two sides were set to go into arbitration in mid-April.
Members of the Building Trades joined a rally organized by Service Employees International Union Local 1021 (SEIU) on March 7 in front of the Metropolitan Transportation Administration building at Market Street and Van Ness Avenue to demand an end to discrimination in City agencies and a fair contract with living wages for City workers. Members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees, Local 21 (IFPTE) and Teamsters also participated.
Developers Hines and Urban Pacific Development recently revised their proposal for a high-rise project in the Transbay district. The developers have been working with the San Francisco Planning Department over the last year on the project for Transbay Parcel F at 542-550 Howard Street, which they purchased from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority for $160 million in 2016. The latest proposal reduces the number of housing units and office space.