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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.

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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.

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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.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently appointed Bart Pantoja to the Citizens’ General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee. Breed named Pantoja -- Business Representative for the Glaziers Local 718, District Council 16 – to the post following an interview late last year and after receiving recommendations from San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson and President, Larry Mazzola, Jr, among others.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed signed legislation January 18 mandating the City to enter into a Citywide Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Building Trades Council for Public Works or improvement projects. The signing took place at the Plumbers Local 38 union hall.

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Delegates to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council unanimously endorsed Mayor London Breed for her re-election this November for San Francisco mayor. Ms. Breed was elected Mayor last June in a special election to serve until 2020, filling the remainder of the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee.

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The San Francisco Planning Commission held an informational hearing on the status of developer Maximus Real Estate Partner’s proposal for housing at the 16th Street BART Plaza at Mission and 16th Streets at its February 7 meeting. Supporters and opponents of the project filled the auditorium of Mission High School a few blocks from the project site. San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson said he has been a resident of the Mission for 35 years. “We have a serious affordable housing crisis and need developers who treat workers right,” he said.

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously January 15 to direct City staff to negotiate and finalize a Citywide Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Building Trades Council for Public Works or improvement projects. The Board had voted unanimously December 11 to pass a citywide PLA ordinance on its first reading; the second vote came after five new members took office January 8 – all of whom stayed committed to their pledge to back the PLA and voted for the ordinance.

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Work on the new Sutter Van Ness Medical Office Building (MOB) at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard is nearing completion as crews make final tenant improvements to the nine-story, 253,000 square foot medical office building. Union contractor Rudolph and Sletten is the general contractor for the tenant improvement work; union contractor Pankow is the GC for the core and shell.

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