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Following a year when housing issues took center stage in California’s legislative quarrels, politically active building trades members can expect to have an even busier 2022 as new housing bills emerge alongside proposals that deal with energy and employment training.

In the wake of longtime State Building and Construction Trades Council of California President Robbie Hunter’s retirement, Andrew Meredith assumed the top leadership role in January. Meredith brings a wealth of experience to his new position. His past roles range from IBEW electrician and union organizer to Iraq-deployed National Guardsman and politician. Most recently, he was the Northern California regional director for the State Building Trades.

The global pandemic resulted in a major shift in consumer behavior, with a huge jump in the ordering of goods online during the past two years. This sent shockwaves through a global supply chain network already running on thin margins.

Last year was like a rollercoaster: If we started in a place of hope as two vaccines against COVID-19 became increasingly available to Americans, we were soon dealing with vaccination hesitancy and then outright vaccination rejection.

The apprenticeship program classes that all building trades union members must complete when they join up are a rite of passage. But over the last couple of years, as the pandemic has changed all of our lives, the apprenticeship classes have changed, too.

Each year, billions of dollars in wages are stolen from workers in California’s underground economy. Due to unique labor-standards compliance challenges and the often-transitory nature of work, the construction industry has the distinct dishonor of coming in second place for highest number of labor-standards violations.

San Francisco’s political battles tend to be fierce, and Matt Haney’s run has been no exception. Haney, who currently serves as the City’s District 6 Supervisor, has his sights set on the District 17 seat representing the City’s eastern side in the California State Assembly.

San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu, who is up for election on June 7, has been a consistent friend to labor throughout his political career. As a San Francisco County supervisor, he advocated for the creation of new construction jobs and more housing.

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