In December, SFBCTC leaders convened with industry partners and City staff from the Department of Public Health and Department of Emergency Management at a town hall to discuss the surging numbers of COVID-19 cases on construction jobsites and what to do about it. The Mayor’s Office later explained why construction workers are at high risk and the crucial precautions to prevent infections.
As the San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council Approaches its 125th anniversary in February, labor leaders reflect on what’s kept the council’s fight for the future of working tradespeople alive and thriving through many decades of political and economic change.
The City of San Francisco has provided a detailed list of Coronavirus-battling best practices tailored specifically to working conditions in the construction industry.
Earlier this year, a major development slated for San Francisco’s central waterfront won unanimous approval by the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and the Port Commission. The Potrero Power Station project by developer Associate Capital is located on 29 acres just south of Pier 70 that will give land formerly used by the long-shuttered power station a new purpose as a mixed-use development.
This fall SFBCTC Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson announced his retirement that’s set to officially begin on January 1, 2021, though he’ll remain active working as a consultant for the Building Trades and other labor groups. Paulson became an SFBCTC officer in August of 2018, after a 14-year tenure as executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council.
This summer, the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 38 broke ground on a mixed-use development at 1629 Market Street that will provide a new union hall as well as much-needed affordable, supportive housing, retail, and a public park. The residential component of the development plan, located at 53 Colton Street in the South of Market neighborhood, will create 96 efficiency apartments for extremely low-income and previously homeless residents.
The November 3 General Election represented the culmination of months of political strain with a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that ratcheted up pre-existing tensions on the national stage. In San Francisco, that tension manifested in the form of businesses temporarily boarded up by owners who were concerned about civil unrest.