A building’s fire risk can be a looming, invisible threat until an ignition leads to a conflagration that claims lives and causes irreparable property damage.
When he began his career in labor and construction, Pat Mulligan didn’t necessarily envision himself as a future administrator in one of the nation’s most progressive offices of labor enforcement.
Building and trades union members are critical to maintaining the buildings and systems that power the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Starting in mid-March 2020, these members have had a unique opportunity to make significant and uninterrupted repairs on everything from windows to sewage systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the San Francisco Bay Area early and hard. But the distribution of COVID cases and the resources used to track and treat those cases were unequal.
In combat, a solider is trained to never leave a fallen squad member behind. There is a similar code among union brothers and sisters.
Seniors, people with disabilities, and those with mobility issues are finding the city easier to navigate thanks to union labor. That’s because members of several San Francisco building and trades locals build accessibility measures into sidewalks, roadways, and common areas like plazas.
With the costs of construction materials rising over the past year, local contractors and union representatives have expressed concerns about how projects and jobs are impacted.
Sign Display Local 510 has taken extreme efforts to assist members through the COVID-19 pandemic. Members are now regularly receiving state and federal benefits, updates on changes coming to the trade show and convention industries, and information about volunteering in their communities.