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Photo credit: Alex Weber
Photo credit: Alex Weber

The Labor Center at the University of California–Berkeley earlier this month released an analysis of Los Angeles’ Proposition HHH Community Workforce Agreement, a project labor agreement (PLA) that resulted from L.A.’s popular 2016 measure to fund and develop affordable supportive housing.

Picture of boat hitting bridge
Picture of boat hitting bridge

Soon after a container ship slammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday, March 26, causing its collapse and killing six workers, affiliate members of the Baltimore/D.C. Metro Building and Construction Trades Council were busy helping to pick up the pieces.

Ground has finally broken on a highly anticipated and much-needed project that’s set to transform the City’s Parnassus Heights neighborhood while providing a significant amount of work-hours for building trades members across the crafts clear through to the end of this decade.

An SF Muni trolley bus on the 14 Mission line makes a turn downtown in September 2015.
An SF Muni trolley bus on the 14 Mission line makes a turn downtown in September 2015.

For whatever reason — careful consideration, overwhelming evidence, or recent articles published in this newspaper — the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) has shifted gears regarding the future of the City’s iconic and long-standing trolley bus fleet.

On Friday, April 26, rank-and-file building trades members gathered with union and council leadership at the Southeast Community Center near India Basin to chow down on some choice lunch while celebrating the standout work of six loyal public-sector building trades workers: Lawrence Ferraz, Greg Gonzales, Michael Lunardelli, Sean Robinson, Dean Tolosa, and Ryan Zhu.

Photo credit: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Photo credit: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

With ballots from the primary election now in and counted, it’s a good time for a debrief. How did the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council’s endorsed candidates and preferred positions perform, and, overall, how did labor do?

Picture of Amazon warehouse workers from Staten Island
Picture of Amazon warehouse workers from Staten Island

Anti-union forces are at it again, trying to dismantle basic worker protections by going after the institutional bodies and long-held precedents that govern labor standards in the United States.

Over 2,500 San Francisco city workers from various unions, including IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU Local 1021, gathered en masse at City Hall on Wednesday, January 17, to collectively send the message to the City’s administration that they expect critical public services for SF residents to remain public.

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