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 year 2020 has been a strong one for Project Labor Agreements. We have secured deals with the San Francisco Giants at Mission Rock for the 11 waterfront buildings planned there; we won an agreement with City College for almost a billion dollars in infrastructure work; the Recreation and Park Land at India Basin was just signed; the huge Potrero Hill Power Plant development is being inked; we have letters of intent (LOI) for the private development of India Basin; the new neighborhood at 3333 California has signed to be union; we have commitments for the new hotel at the Golden Gate Warriors arena (the Mission Bay PLA covers) which we helped get approved at the Planning Commission; we have a commitment to a union-only high rise at 10 So. Van Ness with Crescent Heights Developers; and an LOI for 85 Hawthorne St.
I didn’t have the time (or stomach) to listen to Trump’s speech to Congress earlier this month, but I have since digested his words and the circus he created. He began by an act of disrespect and lack of class by refusing to shake the hand of Leader Pelosi, a normal procedure given to the Vice President and Speaker who represent Congress at the dais before the “speech.”
Samuel Gompers, as I wrote last month, was the long-time President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Over a hundred years ago, many national unions were sick of their umbrella organization, the Knights of Labor, who were more than willing to accommodate the employers.
The Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago. I was there. I was on vacation and having a great time and then WHAM! Reagan told Gorbachav to “tear down this wall,” but I didn’t know it would happen when I was on vacation. (Can’t believe the anti-worker Reagan gets some praise in this article….)
Recently, I have begun to dread waking up and reading a newspaper, flipping on the TV or opening some of my social media applications. The waves of stories about the Democratic nominees for President and the constant childish, leaderless tweets and pronouncements by Donald Trump have become boring and tiresome.