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With a glut of empty office space in the heart of San Francisco — a city suffering from a desperate housing shortage — a conversation is emerging about a solution that seems logical: Let’s convert some of that unused commercial square footage into much-needed homes for human beings.

Photo credit: Jacob Bourne
Photo credit: Jacob Bourne

With the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Association (SFMTA) — which runs Muni — pushing for a zero-emission transit fleet by 2040, a local think tank has proposed a radical concept: Why not utilize, upgrade, and expand a resource that already exists in the City?

In August, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) took a strategic leap forward in creating its very first political department.

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.

Thanks to a crucial and long-overdue regulatory update recently announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), building and construction trades workers throughout the Bay Area and across the United States should soon enjoy a healthy wage bump — and, hopefully, a higher standard of living as a result.

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

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One of the numerous advantages modern union workers enjoy is a deep tie to a rich history of solidarity and defiance — especially in San Francisco.

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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