San Francisco is poised for a transformative project that will not only provide good union jobs but also stimulate the local economy, offer affordable housing, and activate a dilapidated stretch of the waterfront for public use.
What started as a practical desire for a permanent public restroom at the beloved town square in Noe Valley has quickly escalated over recent months into a debate about addressing seemingly wasteful government spending, questioning long-held values, and protecting workers’ rights.
As members of San Francisco’s unions prepare to build out, work in, rent, and, hopefully, own a percentage of the 82,000 new residential units slated for the City, they’re finding common ground in the vision of what the units represent: more work for unions and additional housing for union members.
As California pushes cities to ramp up residential construction, developers working on projects in San Francisco are strengthening their collaborations with local building and construction trades unions. The developers’ objective is simple: to make sure the projects mentioned in the 2022 SF Housing Element get done on time.
Successfully facilitating the construction of 82,000-plus residential units in San Francisco by 2031 will be no easy feat for city officials. Meeting the demands of the SF Housing Element requires various departments to work cooperatively. It also requires members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to collaborate on common goals.
California State Senator Scott Wiener and his sidekick, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks — both of whom Local 38 and the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council have supported in the past based on their well-documented support for our members — have decided to turn their backs on us. They’ve gone all-in with the leadership at the NorCal Carpenters Union and greedy developers to attempt to modify legislation to exclude a skilled-and-trained workforce requirement in future housing construction with their recently proposed State Bill 423.
Both internationally and stateside, the labor movement has lately been showing its strength as its members participate in significant strikes, demonstrations, and various other direct actions taken up against a variety of unjust, anti-worker, undemocratic developments throughout the world.
The nearly-month-long parade of cyclones that struck vast swaths of California in December and January claimed 22 lives and cost the state an estimated $1 billion (at least) in damage resulting from flooding, high winds, downed trees, and landslides. The disaster set records in several regions of the state, including San Francisco, which saw its second-wettest day on record, with 5.46 inches falling downtown on New Year’s Eve.