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Chris Hannan, recently elected president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), stands out as a national figure thanks to the significant contributions he’s made in his previous role as executive secretary of the 48-affiliate-strong Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

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.

On the surface, the benefits associated with expanding electric vehicle (EV)-charging infrastructure ought to be plainly evident.

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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.

It’s no secret that women are poorly represented in the building and construction trades — Black and Brown women especially so.

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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.

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.

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