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Many of the bills sponsored or supported by the State Building Trades Council of California (SBCTC) have recently passed the California state legislature and were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September and early October.

Dan Harrington has been a business agent for Teamsters Local 853 since 1985, but it wasn’t until 1999 that he was assigned to the City and County of San Francisco.

After renting space at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 office in Duboce Triangle for many years, three unions — Glaziers Local 718, Floor Coverers Local 12, and Painters Local 913 — have scored themselves a permanent home in San Francisco that’s slated for occupancy in the second quarter of 2022.

After four long years of empty infrastructure promises from the previous administration, the U.S. Senate passed Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill on August 10 following months of negotiations to secure Republican support for the funding package. The bipartisan infrastructure framework deal still has to pass another hurdle in the House, but if it does, it’ll represent the largest federal infrastructure investment in U.S. history.

Cal/OSHA requires unvaccinated workers to wear facemasks indoors. Outdoors, employees are not required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. (The exception is when there’s a COVID-19 outbreak.)

Social housing — public or nonprofit-managed housing that accommodates a mix of household income ranges — might be a new addition to the empowered union worker’s toolkit. The concept is gaining popularity thanks in part to the development of Ventana Residences.

Work is progressing on the all-union project to house formerly homeless and low-income San Franciscans at 53 Colton Street.

Property owners are starting to demand mandatory vaccination as a requirement to work on sites. In response, union attorneys and business managers are negotiating to ensure union members have alternatives such as testing and masking. With general contractors trying to push the cost onto subcontractors, union attorneys are also clarifying who will be responsible for the cost and record-keeping requirements of testing.

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