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Feb
2014
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Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF

A rendering of the potential new Golden State Warriors stadium.

A rendering of the potential new Golden State Warriors stadium.


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In San Francisco, three years after championing legislation that mandated 30 percent local hiring on publicly-funded projects, Supervisor John Avalos is seeking the same requirements for private developments on city-owned land.  Avalos introduced legislation at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week and was joined by members of several labor unions on the steps of City Hall.

Avalos told the San Francisco Appeal that the legislation would require private, commercial and residential developers to disclose information regarding prevailing wages and apprentice opportunities.  He said the legislation was “about sustainable economic development and creating new jobs.”

One goal of the legislation is to ensure that workers on San Francisco projects earn enough money to live where they work. Construction workers “should be able to afford a unit in the project they are working on,” he said.

Noting the success of the 2010 local hire bill, Avalos stressed the importance of similar provisions for the new Golden State Warriors facility on Piers 30-32.  Representatives from the Warriors joined union members at the rally and have voluntarily agreed to ensure local hire when the project begins:

Alix Rosenthal, who represented the Warriors at today’s rally, said the organization has voluntarily agreed to abide by local hiring practices for the construction of the arena.
She said the Warriors organization supports the expanded ordinance.

“We are eager to play a role in access to construction jobs,” she said.

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